Off By Heart Shakespeare

Category: BBC Two; Learning
Following the inaugural, BAFTA-winning 2009 poetry contest comes Off By Heart Shakespeare, a national-scale project that aims to get schoolchildren engaging with the words of Shakespeare.

Open to secondary school children aged 13-15, the contest will scour the nation, working with the Shakespeare Schools Festival, to find nine fluent finalists through regional heats and workshops all over the UK.

From Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy to Macbeth’s “Is this a dagger which I see before me”, this programme will follow the contest designed to introduce Shakespeare’s words to a younger generation.

The final of Off By Heart will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon, in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company and part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

This initiative will open up the language of Shakespeare to a new and younger audience.

Warm, funny and compelling, Off By Heart Shakespeare is a different kind of contest that will test memory, performance and engagement with the language.

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