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Shake up Shakespeare

Published: 23/02/2015

The verses and sonnets of Shakespeare will be echoing around primary schools in Flintshire as part of the Shake Up Shakespeare month this March. Pupils will work alongside professional theatre writer and director Janys Chambers, a professional dancer/choreographer, professional visual artist, and a professional fight director who will introduce and explore the wonderful story of Macbeth. Councillor Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: Shaking up Shakespeare is a wonderful opportunity for Flintshire schools to engage with professional artists and to enrich the curriculum with creativity which will engage young people in their learning. Members of the community will also be able to get involved through a series of fun workshops across the county, aimed at demystifying Shakespeare, which will be led by professional BAFTA-nominated writer and director Janys Chambers. The community workshops will touch on the fascinating puzzle of Shakespeare’s life and on what Elizabethan theatres were like. The group will read and explore selected scenes, looking at stories, the meaning of words, at themes and images, character, and what exactly is blank verse. Scenes will be “put on their feet” and a rehearsed reading will be held at the end of the day. The workshop is for anyone over the age of 16 who would like to learn a little more about the Bard. They will take place at: Holywell Library (01352 713157) - Monday 30 March Broughton Library (01244 533727) - Tuesday 31 March Flint Library (01352 703737) - Wednesday 1 April Mold Library (01352 754791) - Thursday 2 April Each workshop costs £5; to book a place please contact the library directly. Shaking Up Shakespeare has been coordinated by the Flintshire Arts Culture & Events Section. Editors note: Please contact individual schools/libraries for a photo opportunity. Workshop sessions begin at 9.30am until 3pm in schools, 10am - 4pm in Libraries. Listed below are the schools sessions: Ysgol Bryn Pennant, Mostyn, CH8 9NU: Monday 23 March Ysgol Gronant, LL18 9YP: Tuesday 24 March Ysgol Gwynedd, Flint, CH6 5NF: Wednesday 25 March Ysgol Estyn, Hope, LL12 9NL: Thursday 26 March Ysgol Bryn Deva, Connahs Quay, CH5 4SN: Friday 27 March.