Project information


One of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth is cleverly retold by 3 actors using only cards - each featuring a since word - to make this fun and accessible 30 minute performance followed by a 45 minute interactive workshop, clearly stamping out the Shhh! from libraries and in schools.

March 2017 - April 2017

Charity information

New Perspectives Theatre Company

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  • Need


    Drama sits outside the remit of the primary curriculum and as a result many young people have not had the opportunities to experience live theatre. Government statistics indicate primary school pupils in Nottingham fall below the national average. The Sutton Trust highlights attainment gaps between the most deprived and advantaged schools, boys regularly lower in attainment. Standards are not high enough at the end of Year 6 and some pupils leave the school without basic skills in writing.


    We aim to break down barriers and make Shakespeare accessible and fun, by presenting an inventive and inclusive high quality professional live performance in a range of school and library settings, supported by an holistic and practical creative workshop targeting reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Developed with input from teachers, sessions can also contribute to transition the framework linking secondary schools with their feeder primaries through joint creative activity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Offer a series of performances and workshops in primary schools and libraries in disadvantaged areas


    » Involve teachers and library staff - to input into the programme at a design stage Pilot 12 performances/workshops in primary schools and libraries

    Develop a joint evaluation framework as part of the project design and reach 360 young people in areas of low cultural engagement and socio-economical disadvantage.

  • Impact


    The project will increase theatre engagement in school and present potential for further creative opportunities to be developed as part of a wider STEAM programme.
    We will evaluate the success of the project capturing feedback and where possible video evidence. Success will be the development of a wider STEAM programme placing the arts as a creative tool to improve Science, Technology, English and Maths outcomes.


    The primary risk is changes in school curriculum and staffing. We have experience of robust project management and would foster close links with key decision makers and key teaching staff in each school.


    Donors to this project will receive 3 project updates (planning, delivery and post) and we will share evaluation as a case study.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,773

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,988 Project development Concept and workshop development and rehearsals
      £4,035 Touring Touring 12 performances
      £750 Stewardship Project management, evaluation and contingency
  • Background


    Nottingham was named as the eighth most deprived area in the country in a recent report published by the Government and is classed by Arts Council England as an area of low engagement.


    Inner city schools are pressured environments, focused on delivering educational outcomes and often struggle to make a case for arts provision, often lacking resources to assess quality external offers.
    Local schoolchildren will actively participate in a truly accessible project that places the Macbeth story in their hands; by simply demystifying the language , we will encourage self expression, igniting interest in Shakespeare, resulting in a clear understanding and ownership of the tragedy.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    New Perspectives has over 40 years experience developing and touring high quality productions, including touring work and delivering workingshops into schools and library settings. As a result of AHRC, University of Nottingham and New Perspectives co-funded PhD research, we are actively looking to extend our practices and work models to engage with audiences in new settings and is aligned to our thinking as an Arts Award Supporter.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jack McNamara

    Artistic lead and management

    Theresa Keogh

    Workshop lead

    Sally Anne Tye

    Executive Director, project management and evaluation