Welcome To Shakespeare Week

Shakespeare Week Competition 2022

Explore the links between physical activity and emotional wellbeing this Shakespeare Week!

"...a turn or two I’ll walk, To still my beating mind." What does this quote mean to you? Send us your creative response for a chance to win some fabulous prizes.

Calling all creative younglings! What do you do to make yourself feel calm and relaxed? How do you manage to still your ‘beating mind’? Can you share your advice with others by responding creatively to Shakespeare’s quote from The Tempest?

This Shakespeare Week we’re inviting you to think about your physical wellbeing and consider how being active is good for your mind as well as your body!

To get you started we asked several well-known children’s figures, including award-winning children's author and illustrator, Marcia Williams, children's presenter Ben Cajee and beloved children's author, Michael Rosen, to consider their physical and emotional wellbeing by responding to the famous Shakespeare quote from The Tempest:

"...a turn or two I’ll walk, To still my beating mind."

You can see their creative responses and other children’s celebrities’ in our online exhibition.

Now it’s your turn! We’d love you to enter our fabulous Shakespeare Week 2022 competition: Still my beating mind

Can you inspire others to get active using Shakespeare as your inspiration? Why not:

Boogie with the Bard* – create a Shakespeare-themed dance

Workout with Will* – design a Shakespeare-themed workout

Sing (or perform) with Shakespeare – compose a song or rhyme with actions or share an active performance

You can respond in other creative ways too – you could write a poem or story, design a poster, create a motivational booklet, design a physically active game… The choice is yours! You can find lots of ideas in this resource.

*PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE USING ROYALTY FREE MUSIC IF YOU INCLUDE A SOUNDTRACK IN YOUR VIDEO – TRY FINDING A PIECE YOU LIKE FROM BENSOUND.COM FOR EXAMPLE.

Primary school children can enter work under two age categories:

  • 4-7 years
  • 8-11 years

In addition a prize will be awarded to the best collective entry from a school. There will also be some special prizes awarded by our Shakespeare Week patron, Marcia Williams, for different genres such as poems, artwork and dance.

Winning entries will be displayed alongside responses from well-known children’s figures in our online exhibition hosted on the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website.

How to enter

Entry to the competition is FREE. You may send your entries by email (including photographs and videos) to:

[email protected]

Or by post to:

Shakespeare Week Competition
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

Please include the following information with each entry:

  • First name
  • Age (and school year)
  • School or home address as applicable
  • Email address (plus the teacher’s or parent’s contact name)
  • A little bit about your creative response (What medium did you choose? How did you do it? What does it represent?)
  • What does this Shakespeare quote mean to you? How has physical activity helped you when you felt anxious or upset?

These questions are really important and helped the judges to choose last year’s winners. They are your chance to show us that you have really thought about Shakespeare’s words and what they mean to you.

If you would like your entries to be returned just write 'please return' on the back and include a stamped addressed envelope. Unfortunately we can only return entries with the correct postage and packaging included.

Please send your entries to us to arrive no later than Monday 11 April 2022.

Good luck! We look forward to seeing your fantastic entries!

The prizes

Each of our two age category winners and the Marcia Williams award winners will have their entry included in our online exhibition, as well as a bundle of Shakespeare themed goodies, art materials and books.

The winner of the collective school entry will receive a Shakespeare Birthplace Digital membership worth £450

Need to know

Entries must be received by Monday 11 April 2022. Entries must have the correct postage and packaging if you'd like your entry to be returned. The winners will be officially announced on the Shakespeare Week website in the week commencing 9 May 2022.

All entrants must live in the UK, be under the age of 12 (in Years R to 6 or equivalent) and should ask permission from a teacher, parent or guardian before entering.

Prizes are subject to availability and do not include travel expenses. If, in circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to provide the stated prize we will try to offer an alternative prize of a similar value. No cash alternative will be offered.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust reserves the right to amend or cancel the competition at any time, if deemed necessary or if circumstances arise outside of the Trust's control.

By submitting an entry you (or your parents/guardian or teacher) are agreeing to abide by the full Terms & Conditions of this competition, so please take a minute to read them over.