Much Ado About Nothing

for KS3 and KS4 – performed in your school


“It is a privilege to have access to the fantastically enjoyable and educational experience that the Young Shakespeare Company provide for us!”
Highdown School, Reading

Four Young Shakespeare Company actors visit your school with a thought- provoking, entertaining and insightful exploration of Shakespeare in performance. We combine clear, accessible and well-paced acting with challenging yet inclusive workshop activities. The emphasis throughout is on the importance of choice and interpretation in the process of putting on a play. Taking suggestions from the students, our skilled actors explore the choices of the rehearsal process and allow the students to see their ideas put into practice, offering new insights into the text in performance. 

This 90 minute interactive presentation is a fast- moving session packed with activities and is an ideal introduction to Shakespeare in performance. With plenty of humour and audience participation, the actors explore issues of staging, characterisation and motivation, trying out suggestions from the students and building towards performance level presentations of two or three key scenes. Students are encouraged to assume the roles of director, designer and actor in the decision-making process and to see their ideas put into practice. The pace and content of this learning experience can be pitched to suit the ability of your students and the knowledge they have of the play at the time of our visit.

“A fantastic visit. The training and quality of the acting surpasses all other companies we have used. Pupils love being given the power to influence and be involved in the action.”
 Marling School, Gloucestershire

“Another fantastic session – with perfect pitch and pace – that both challenged and entertained. As far as I’m concerned, I think it’s one of the most loved and most successful events we offer our students at KS4.”
Miltoncross School, Portsmouth

“The performance was stimulating, thought-provoking and entertaining – and supported the year group’s GCSE coursework.”
Belvoir High School, Nottinghamshire

“Wow! Truly amazing. Our students were captivated from start to finish.” Fairfield School, Hereford

“Fabulous. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The workshop helped me really get inside the minds of the characters, plus actually seeing it performed really put my head straight. I really enjoyed learning in a different way. I loved it and never wanted it to end.”
Pupil, Fernwood School, Nottingham

“Both staff and students had a fantastic time – entertaining, educational and inspirational.”
Chace Community School, Enfield