Com­pany’s gets stu­dents on Bard

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HAV­ING first ap­pointed a full time ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer in 2014, Guild­ford Shake­speare Com­pany (GSC) has ex­panded to work with more than 4,000 stu­dents in 2016.

The char­ity runs one school work­shop ev­ery three days.

“Our aim is to be­come the go-to provider for Shake­speare ed­u­ca­tion in the South East out­side of Lon­don,” said Ant Stones, GSC’s head of ed­u­ca­tion.

“Through our work in schools and our in-house drama clubs, par­tic­i­pants are em­pow­ered to grow in con­fi­dence, learn new skills and in­crease their un­der­stand­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence of the world’s great­est play­wright.”

The com­pany has es­tab­lished weekly classes for home ed­u­cated chil­dren and runs 10 weekly in-house clubs across Guild­ford, Wok­ing, Go­dalm­ing and Ad­dle­stone.

Sev­eral gone on stu­dents to have ap­pear in pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing Alice in Won­der­land and The Win­ter’s Tale

“Theatre has an amaz­ing abil­ity to change peo­ple and we take great pride in our stu­dents and their achieve­ments,” said Mr Stones. They are a vi­tal part of our com­pany.

“Rapid growth in the last 18 months has en­abled us to em­ploy a new full-time ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer to help run the pro­gramme, en­rich the depth of our work al­low us to reach even more peo­ple across the South East.”

New re­cruit Francesca McI­nally: “I love col­lab­o­rat­ing with young peo­ple be­cause of the en­ergy and ex­cite­ment they bring into the re­hearsal room.

“I’m in­spired daily by their open­ness, their cu­rios­ity and their brave­ness. Their imag­i­na­tions are lim­it­less.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.guild­ford-shake­speare­com­pany.co.uk

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