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Joint Open Day for Warwickshire schools

16 Mar 2018

Celebrate Shakespeare Week in Stratford-upon-Avon

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and partners, The RSC, Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, Holy Trinity Church, The Orchestra of the Swan and The Guild Chapel, will offer FREE events to Warwickshire primary schools on 16 March.

In celebration of Shakespeare Week 2018 (12-18 March), The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and its partners around the town will open their doors in a 'Joint Open Day' on Friday 16 March 2018. There will be a number of exciting FREE workshops and activities on offer: 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is offering five workshops for up to 30 primary school children per time slot. In an active and interactive storytelling workshop, children will gather round a storyteller to discover the story of Shakespeare’s life. These workshops will take place at the Shakespeare Centre and will be scheduled as follows:

10.00 to 10.45am
10.45 to 11.30am
11.30am to 12.15pm
1.00 to 1.45pm
1.45 to 2.30pm.

In addition, you can also visit two of the Shakespeare town houses free of charge. These include Shakespeare's Birthplace and the re-imagined site at Shakespeare's New Place, his final home in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Royal Shakespeare Company is offering six practical workshops on TwelfthNight for up to 30 primary school children per workshop. No prior knowledge of the play is necessary. These workshops will take place at the Clore Learning Centre on Waterside and be scheduled as follows:

10.00 to 11.00am - 2 workshops
11.30am to 12.30pm - 2 workshops
1.30 to 2.30pm - 2 workshops.

Children are also invited to get closer to the world of theatre on a guided tour of the RSC. These tours of the theatre are available to groups of up to 50 during the same time-slots. This is not recommended for Key Stage 1 groups. The RSC Tower will also be open for fifteen minute visits throughout the day. All of these activities are subject to availability and need to be booked in advance.

In Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall children will be able to discover where William Shakespeare was educated and inspired to become the world’s greatest playwright. Classes can participate in a Tudor lesson with Schoolmaster, Master Thomas Jenkins. 

The timings for these sessions will be as follows:

10.00 to 10.45am 
10.45 to 11.30am
11.30am to 12.15pm
1.00 to 1.45pm
1.45 to 2.30pm. 

Schools can also work with professional musicians from the Orchestra of the Swan to explore the music inspired by Shakespeare’s plays and poetry. The timings of these sessions are as follows:

10.00 to 10.45am
10.45 to 11.30am
11.30am to 12.15pm
1.00 to 1.45pm
1.45 to 2.30pm 

Holy Trinity Church will be giving free tours around the church where Shakespeare was baptised, where he worshipped and is buried. Throughout the day there will be free entry to see the font that Shakespeare was baptised in and the opportunity to visit his grave with its curious curse.

Children are also invited to discover the secrets of The Guild Chapel – and the medieval wall paintings Shakespeare’s father was ordered to hide! Shakespeare passed this chapel on his way to school – and would have known it all his life.

In addition all children participating in the Open Day can follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps with a beautifully illustrated sticker book to uncover hidden gems on a Stratford-upon-Avon town trail. This wonderful sticker book has been specially designed for Shakespeare Week 2018. 

Bookings for each session will be made on a first come, first served basis. However, in the interests of fairness and to allow as many Warwickshire primary schools to take part as possible, the workshops will be limited to one per school or form of entry initially. If there is availability for more than one workshop nearer the time, we will notify you.

To book or register interest please email: learning@shakespeare.org.uk or phone 01789 201805