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Writer : Jayne Williams
Director : Gary Lagden
Designer : Clare Taylor

Performed by Hayley Doherty


We are delighted to share an edited version of the performance online together with a raft of online clips from a quiz to creative activities. Now you have a break from the classroom or your home school living room, let's join together and immerse ourselves in the brilliance of the Bard.

New Perspectives created the performative workshop Shhh...akespeare to help to break down the perceived barriers to reading, understanding and enjoying Shakespeare. Presented by one actor and one theatre practitioner as a live hour long performative workshop is designed to tour to school halls, accessible for all ages 9yrs + whether Year 5/6 Primary as a first dip of the toe into Shakespeare or in Year 7 Secondary already immersed in Macbeth. Shhh...akespeare.

To download the script CLICK HERE

And that's not all folks!
Creative Challenge - create your own book
Emoji Challenge - design your own symbols to tell the story
Lend us your ear to hear all about our Bard's cards
How many plays did Shakespeare write?
Quiz time - Shakespeare of song lyric?
Check out an array of facts, challenges and a bard or ballad quiz CLICK HERE

We would love to hear your feedback, see and share your creations on our website, so please so send photos and videos and any comments on the online resources to

We are sharing this specially edited version of the performance online, together with a raft of online clips from a quiz to creative activities as a free resource for young audiences in the classroom and at home-school. Now more than ever we need your support to develop new projects and widen access to our work.
Your support will enable us to continue the imaginative work we do. As a registered charity, any donation, large or small will make a huge difference

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Or you can show your support by making an online donation here:

Thank you

Target audience age: 9 - 12yrs
Running time: 30


New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

As a registered charity (no. 1058309), your support can make a real difference... Find out more
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During these uncertain times theatre and creativity continue to make a positive impact.
To support our programme with a donation click here

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