What is Shakespeare As You Like It

The Project

  • The Shakespeare – As You Like It Project has run annually since 2000 in primary schools within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
  • It brings Shakespeare to life for Years 5&6 as part of the mainstream curriculum
  • Each year, 12 schools create a 15-minute performance based on a Shakespeare play
  • It offers a teacher training day ,an in-school drama workshop and the opportunity for children to perform on the Courtyard Theatre stage at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
  • Since 2010, the project has been organised by Troublemaker Theatre Company, with support from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Training day for lead teachers

  • Physical theatre techniques and games
  • Advice and discussion on play selection & how to make the text “come alive”
  • Feedback from teachers who’ve participated before
  • Advice from RBWM about how to integrate the project into the curriculum
  • Guidance and advice on writing a script, rehearsing a play and the technical aspects of theatre

In school

  • Integration with curriculum
  • Selected play adapted to the needs and ideas of the pupils
  • Tailored workshop visit from Troublemaker Theatre Company

In performance

  • Four days at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts: Three schools per day
  • The performance experience
  • Assessment of each performance led by a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators
  • Guided tour of Norden Farm, including a workshop by the theatre’s technicians
  • Demonstration of Elizabethan costume
  • Comparison of modern and Elizabethan theatre

Benefits for pupils

  • Increased confidence
  • Improved movement, vocal and improvisation skills
  • Increased ability to understand the emotions of the characters
  • Learning how to interpret text
  • Introduction to making a constructive assessment
  • An appreciation of Shakespeare
  • A sense of achievement and enjoyment

Benefits for teachers

  • Gaining new and transferable teaching techniques
  • New approaches to literacy
  • Increased confidence in tackling Shakespeare
  • A sense of achievement and enjoyment

Additional Bonus….

  • Involvement of Year 10 GCSE Drama students from Altwood CE School who help providing technical and administrative support.


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SHAYLI is organised bt Troublemaker Theatre Company