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Step Up to Shakespeare

An innovative project working with young people in care in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

1st September 2009 - 31st December 2010

The RSC will work with a group of young people in the care system on an 18 month project exploring Shakespeare and performance opportunities.

Young people will be also be able to see professional performances at Stratford Upon Avon. The project will culminate with a performance delivered by the young people at Stratford Upon Avon’s new theatre.

In the first event of the project, actor and rapper OfFkEy KiD gave the teenagers a unique performance of the famous 'To be or not to be' speech from Hamlet; mixing Shakespeare and rap.

Members of the RSC acting ensemble - Jonjo O’Neill, Richard Katz, Maria Gale and David Carr - also performed some of their favourite parts of Shakespeare, including a stage-fight from As You Like It.

This event was an opportunity to encourage the young people to take part and to show the kind of thing that future Step up to Shakespeare events will offer.


    • To promote confidence and increased self esteem amongst participants
    • To encourage regular school attendance amongst participants
    • To combat educational and social exclusion amongst a specific target group