Primary Shakespeare

Henry V

5 May - 26 June 2020

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…”

A young king, with all to play for. Will it be game, set and match?

Prince Hal must take on new responsibilities. His country is deeply divided, and he must grow up and learn what it takes to be a good leader.

His enemies only want to play games and throw insults. Can he get everyone working together, and win through?

Shakespeare’s playful exploration of leadership and responsibility, imaginatively brought to life for a younger audience.

Primary Shakespeare has been an important part of the Orange Tree’s Education Programme for over 25 years, with around 4,000 children taking part each year.

The project is in two parts:
1. An actor from the company visits your school to work with a class-sized group. Pupils take part in a 2 hour long active storytelling workshop which reveals the story of the play by enabling pupils to step into the shoes of the characters, speak their words and take part in drama exercises to explore key themes.

NB. We find that pupils get the most from the workshop if they have no prior knowledge of the play, so we request that you do not introduce children to the story – let us do the work!

2. Pupils then come to the Orange Tree Theatre to see a 70-minute abridged production of the play which uses only Shakespeare’s language, and includes interactive elements to fully immerse children in the world of the play.

"Every year the children enjoy taking part so much!"
St Richard’s Primary School, Primary Shakespeare 2019

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