2018 was the tenth anniversary of the largest regional schools Shakespeare Festival  of its kind in the world.  For the last decade, Open Minds has led the way with this work, in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and  funded by organisations including RMBC, the Arts Council England and the National Education Union.

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For 2018, Rotherham Underground brought some exciting new developments to the Festival.  This has included a range of support models for schools and a new section of the festival after the schools’ performances.

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We recruited schools from record numbers of applications and launched the festival in March 2018, with practitioners primed and ready to head out to schools straight away, building to a schools’ festival at the end of the Summer term at Rotherham Civic Theatre on the 11th & 12th June and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th July. These were almost all sell-out shows, packing the Civic Theatre to the rafters!  Around 1000 young people and families took part.

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From the 29th August to the 2nd September 2018, we took a professional family production of Macbeth around the parks of Rotherham for everyone to enjoy in the sunshine.This included around 30 children from the Festival.  We plan to repeat a tour of parks every summer as this tour was so successful.

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Please contact us at  shakespeare@rotherhamunderground.com if you have any questions.

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If you missed out on this year’s festival, don’t worry - take a look at the example registration documents below and get in touch about next year’s festival.  Lots of schools already have!

Shakespeare Festival 2018 Gallery

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