From humble beginnings in 2007 to national tours in 2019, we have come a long way...
Here is a selection of projects we have created, worked on and delivered throughout our history.
STRATFORD 2 STRATFORD
The S2S project, co-funded by the Canal & River Trust and the Royal Shakespeare Company, took 25 inner city teenagers from Stratford London to Stratford-Upon-Avon on a ten-day canal boat residential. The Young People not only learnt new skills (such as cooking and washing up!), but they rehearsed along the way creating A Midsummer Night’s Dream to perform at the Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival.
The project received national media attention and celebrity endorsements (David Bradley, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), but more importantly,the students developed their knowledge of Shakespeare, broadened their creative and aspirational horizons and gained greater confidence in reaching their educational and employment ambitions. #success
WORKING WITH THE RUBBISH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY ALLOWED ME TO BE MORE CONFIDENT AND HELP BUILD MY SELF-ESTEEM
zafran, year 12
For consecutive years, the RubSC has directed Our Lady’s Bishop Eton Primary School Year 6 pupils in a Shakespeare play as their final Summer production. The performance prepares the students for the step up to Secondary School by exposing them to Shakespeare in an engaging and positive way.
All pupils have really grown throughout the project, both in terms of confidence, knowledge and pride with completing the challenge of performing Shakespeare.
I wasn’t too sure how I was going to understand it all because it is quite complicated, but when we got into it I found it a lot easier to understand all the language.
ISABEL, YEAR 6
COMMUNITY THEATRE TOUR
2018 saw us take our 'rubbished' Romeo and Juliet out of school halls and into the community. From Morecambe Library to Birkenhead Priory, we sought to bring Shakespeare to the masses and faithfully fulfil our driving ethos: Shakespeare For All.
The tour was a large success and, off the back of this, we have built a whole new arm of the business: touring theatre.
In 2010-11, we delivered a series of workshops and performances in Secodnary Schools funded by AimHigher Hyndburn, Rossendale and Ribble Valley. The aim was to improve levels of attainment, concentration and confidence at English in Key Stage 4 in disaffected pupils.
This funding was our first commission and truly kick-started our start-up and reputation. We also regularly re-visit our very first schools - we must be doing something right!