There is a real problem with way we are introduced to Shakespeare in schools. Shakespeare, like so many other playwrights/writers/poets, probably never dreamed that his works would be part of the syllabus. We risk making Shakespeare part of school, instead of part of life.
We at Loony Literature headed up to Hull Truck Theatre last week to see the RSC perform The Famous Victories of Henry V – this is a play, for kids, that brings together all the exciting moments of three plays – Henry IV parts I and II and Henry V.
We need more of this
Basically, we need more of this – it is that simple. We have mentioned before that some teenagers can spend more than three years getting a GSCE grade C in English Language which includes a Shakespeare play. This is because they study it for two years at school but if do not get a C or above, they have to do it again.
We have also said to anyone who will listen that kids need to be introduced in a fun manner to Shakespeare in primary school not in secondary school. By the time they…
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