“Opportunities to attend shows like this are rare”
NYAT gave a group of Year 6 children a unique chance to experience Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
NYAT took 45 year six children to Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s South Bank. The students watched a 90-minute production of The Taming of the Shrew – part of the Globe’s Playing Shakespeare season, which introduces Shakespeare to younger audiences. Our former trustee, Yolanda Mercy, was working as Assistant Director on the production and held a Q&A after the performance with the students.
The students gained a greater understanding of what the play was about, how theatre is made, and how they could be part of theatre making in future. Their head teacher who accompanied the trip explained the significance of an opportunity such as this:
“Opportunities to attend shows like this are rare for these children, as most are from families in the top 10-20% deprivation in the country. It was an added bonus for the children to see actors and meet an Assistant Director, who they could culturally relate to. This enabled the children the chance to be truly inspired and view themselves in these positions one day.”
Thanks to you, these students have experienced the thrill, excitement and intrigue of a live theatrical performance – many for the very first time. Engaging students in the arts from a young age will help create the audiences and theatre makers of the future, and our theatre ticket scheme aims to ensure that artistic encounters like this still play an important part in education around the UK.