THE SHAKESPEARE Birthplace Trust has been granted £30,000 to help promote the Bard’s works to youngsters.
The charity that cares for the Shakespeare family homes received the cash as part of Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards.
The latest phase of the Movement for Good Awards has awarded over £480,000 to charities working across climate change and environment, education and skills, heritage and arts and rural and community sectors.
The £30,000 funding will help support a project aiming to open disadvantaged young people to the language and imagination of Shakespeare.
The project will produce a colourful version of the First Folio book for Children, using Shakespeare’s original language and adapted specifically for children to read and perform, with 10,000 free copies distributed to schools and libraries nationally.
The funding will also develop inspirational performance opportunities for children using the new Children’s Folio, and resources for teachers and librarians to extend the impact of the project for the future.
SBT spokesperson Andy Reeves said: “Thanks to the generous support of the Benefact Group we will be able to bring Shakespeare ‘off the page’ for children in a unique way. By developing our new teaching resources that support the Children’s Folio, we will help teachers to make the wonderful language of Shakespeare accessible in the classroom.”