Children’s folio offers access to 36 abridged Shakespeare plays

Primary schools can request a copy of a new children’s folio containing abridged forms of 36 Shakespeare plays and aimed at making them much easier for pupils to to access and perform.
In character: Workshops at Mary Arden’s Farm, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother immerse primary pupils into the world of Shakespeare, his childhood and his plays (image: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust)

The folio has been produced by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT), which is planning to distribute 10,000 copies to schools and libraries in early 2024.

In the meantime, the charity will once again be hosting a range of experiences and workshops for primary schools at its site in Stratford-upon-Avon. The SBT also runs outreach sessions for primary schools located within a 60-mile radius.

The SBT learning programme covers the early years through to key stage 2 and includes workshops at Mary Arden’s Farm, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother.

Workshops include Planting the Seeds for Shakespeare (early years), Sharing Shakespeare’s Story (key stage 1), and Tudors Alive! (key stage 2). The latter involves pupils spending the day as a Tudor child helping on the farm as well as drama sessions exploring Shakespeare’s plays. Fees range from around £10 to £16 per pupils depending on the workshop. Visiting pupils can also explore the heritage farm of rare-breed animals.

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