Primary Shakespeare

The Tempest

13 May - 5 July 2019

On Prospero’s island, nothing is quite what it seems.

When the King’s boat is caught up in a supernatural shipwreck, all the survivors – even Trinculo the clown – must face their demons and hope for forgiveness.

Meanwhile, Miranda is fi nding out that there’s a whole new world beyond the island, if you’re brave enough to explore it.

If every ending is also a new beginning, what story would you want to tell?

Shakespeare’s magical tale of betrayal and hope explored for a younger audience. Primary Shakespeare has been an important part of the Orange Tree’s education programme for over 20 years, with around 4000 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.

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 story.

"Fantastic! – Interactive and inclusive, makes Shakespeare fun and accessible to children." Kew Riverside on Primary Shakespeare 2018

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