Shakespeare’s Magic!
A Range of Storytelling Presentations and Workshops on the Life, Times and Works of Master William Shakespeare
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Shakespeare’s Magic! is a range of workshops around John’s own favourite storyteller, William Shakespeare - his life, his times and the world in which he worked as a writer, actor and businessman. In this storytelling presentation, John takes the group on a guided (and, occasionally, hands-on) tour of Shakespeare’s theatre and Shakespeare’s London, as well as giving us a detailed and highly entertaining insight into the life of the man himself. Thoroughly researched from historical sources and apocryphal anecdote, seeks to locate Shakespeare firmly in his age, and is a fun and occasionally gory way for young people to learn more about the Bard and his stage.

For those groups looking for an introduction to Shakespeare’s work, John can incorporate this with a retelling of the story of the Shakespeare play of your choice, incorporating quotes and songs from the play and placing the script clearly in the context of its tale.

This programme is adaptable for Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. As with all of John’s programmes, the presentation and workshops can be tailored, in terms of both content and duration, to suit the requirements of your groups.

This presentation is currently available in digital format. Contact John for more information

John was delighted to be working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Education Department’s Schools Hubs team, filming the stories of four Shakespeare plays and delivering Shakespeare storytelling workshops in a number of Birmingham Primary Schools.
Find out more about their work.

“Thank you so much for doing such a fantastic and professional job. You made my life very easy!” - Sally Gray, Shakespeare Week Education Officer, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon

“John was fantastic and engaged the Year 2 children (and staff) with his super enthusiasm for Shakespeare and performance. Thanks to John for providing such an inspirational wow day to kick off our topic this week.” - St Alphege Infant School, Solihull

“A 'MUST BOOK' learning opportunity. John's show has the rare quality of being both highly entertaining and highly informative, bringing Shakespeare’s times to life for pupils. Wonderful” - Chris Rowley, Aston Manor School, Birmingham

“Not only was he lots of fun, he taught the children (and staff!) lots about Shakespeare’s life and career. It was great to see children who would never volunteer, be chosen to stand up and perform in front of their peers, this was a real confidence boost for them” - Jack Vickers, Whitehouse Common Primary School, Sutton Coldfield

“John engaged the audience from the very beginning. An excellent insight into Shakespeare's theatre. His workshop on Romeo and Juliet was outstanding” - Mia Clark, St Edmund’s RC School, Wolverhampton