Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Last year was the busiest in our seven-year history and we would like to share some of the highlights with you. 


In 2012 we used Shakespeare's works to inspire, surprise and affect nearly 10,000 people. 

We did this through 90 activities:

36 performance events
32 learning workshops
18 participatory activities
4 training sessions

Our activities generated a total income of £29,215.



In 2012 there were 36 performance events, which included:

Valentine Shakespeare at Derby Theatre
Hyper Real Shakespeare at Backlit Gallery, Nottingham
Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations
for Derby LIVE
Weird Sisters Walkabout
at Craven Museum, Skipton
Troilus and Cressida
Midsummer Magic
at QUAD, Derby
Romeo and Juliet
at Cromford Mill
at Cromford Mill
Romeo and Juliet
on the StarDisc in Wirksworth
Shopping and Shakespeare
, part of Theatre on the Run at Derby Feste
Pop-Up Shakespeare
at Hardwick Hall
Stand-Up Shakespeare
for Northamptonshire Rural Touring
Supernatural Shakespeare
in Belper River Gardens for Derwent Valley Mills


“Incredibly moving”
: Judy Lynex (audience) on Troilus and Cressida

“Fantastic performance, very funny!”
: Andy Kemp (promoter) on Stand-Up Shakespeare

“Wonderful show, as ever”
: Mary Farmer (audience) on Supernatural Shakespeare

15 artists employed     
7 volunteers     
7,660 audience

Total income generated from performances: £16,250.

Partners and funders: A-Light Theatre Company, The Arkwright Society,  Backlit Gallery, BBC Radio Derby, Comfortism Theatre Company, Craven District Council, Derby City Council, Derby Feste, Derby LIVE, Derby Museums, Derby Theatre, Derbyshire County Council, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, The Embassy of Japan, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Igniting Ambition (Cultural Olympiad in the East Midlands), Lostboys Productions, Maison Foo, New Perspectives Theatre, Northants Touring Arts, Nottingham Arts Theatre, QUAD, Skipton Town Council, Stoney Wood Group, Sustained Magic, Walk the Plank and World Shakespeare Festival.


In 2012 there were 32 learning workshops and courses, all of which were bespoke and took place at:

Aldercar Community College, Derbyshire
Babington College, Leicester
Landau Forte College, Tamworth
Leicester College
Loughborough University
Notting Hill Junior School, London
QUAD, Derby
Rawlett Community School, Tamworth
Sheffield Hallam University
University of Derby
University of Leicester


“Really got me excited about Shakespeare"
: Leicester student on Stage Combat Workshop

“The children loved it”
: Teacher at Notting Hill Junior School on Magical Shakespeare Workshop

“More of this, please!”
: Nicola Boyle on Cinematic Shakespeare Course at QUAD

11 artists/facilitators employed   
2 volunteers  
1,040 students

Total income generated from learning: £7,110.

In 2012, we commissioned a report to inform what will become our learning,participation and training strategy. Sam Metz, a graduate from the University of Nottingham, conducted extensive research into our work and presented herfindings and recommendations to our board. Sam’s report is available on request.

Partners and funders: Aldercar Community Language College, Babington College, Landau Forte Sixth Form College, Leicester College, Lostboys Productions, Loughborough University, Notting Hill Junior School, QUAD, Rawlett Community College, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Derby and University of Leicester.


In 2012 there were 18 participatory activities, which included:

The Great Shakespearean Workout
: An aerobics class that moved to the Shakespeare beat, awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark

Sonnet 73
: A digital project that invited people to make their own sonnet recordings, which we uploaded to Audioboo

Illuminating Shakespeare
: A public workshop that explored the role of light in Shakespeare’s plays as a response to the Season of Light at QUAD, where we are based


 “So much fun and learned loads from it”
: Participant of The Great Shakespearean Workout at London 2012 Torch Relay

 “A lovely, inspirational project”
: Dr Paul Edmondson, Head of Learning at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, on Sonnet 73

“My son and I loved it”
: Participant of Illuminating Shakespeare Workshop at QUAD

10 artists/facilitators employed   
2 volunteers   
945 participants

Total income from participation: £4,703.

Partners and funders: Charity Shop DJ, Craven District Council, Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Igniting Ambition, Leicester City Council, Matlock Live, QUAD and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


In 2012, we launched our new trainee actors course.

Trainees come together once a month from September 2012 to June 2013 for a series of workshops to develop skills in text, voice, movement, combat, singing, puppety and acting to camera.

The course will culminate in a public scratch night in June 2013 at QUAD, where trainees will perform scenes and speeches from Shakespeare's plays.


 “Really enjoying the course”
: Steve Pryce, 1623 trainee actor

“Brilliant workshop on puppetry!”
: Rachael Stevens, 1623 trainee actor

“I feel more confident”
: Sylvia Robson, 1623 trainee actor

4 sessions   
6 artists employed
2 volunteers   
12 trainees

Income generated from training: £1,152.

Partners and funders: Babbling Vagabonds, Déda (Derby Dance), Derby City Council, Derby Theatre, Lostboys Productions, QUAD and 1623 Trainees.


Ben Adams Associate Artist
Jennifer Aucock Trainee
Matthew Barker Associate Artist
Rachel Benson Trainee
Matthew Blackwell Trainee
Elizabeth Bourke Trainee
Kristian Brace Actor
Jamie Brown Associate Artist
Jessica Burman Trainee
Adam Buss Company Director, Chair of Advisory Board and Associate Artist
Dr Annaliese Connolly Advisory Board
Katy Coope Manga Artist
Debbie Adele Cooper Volunteer
Darius Cranston Trainee
Lucy Daunt Trainee
Rebecca Gadsby Associate Artist
Harry Gibson Trainee
Katherine Glenn Associate Artist
Hannah Hamlett Volunteer
Christine Hood Actor
Marcus Houden Associate Artist
Graham Howarth Advisory Board
Mandy Jeffrey Volunteer
Jonathon Levers Associate Trainee
Adele Lowe Actor
Christopher Lydon Company Director, Secretary of Advisory Board, Associate Artist and Producer
Stuart Lydon Advisory Board
Christopher Macauley Trainee
Nathan Masterson Associate Artist
Andy Mullins Associate Artist
Darius Powell Digital Artist
Steve Pryce Trainee
Mark Ravenhill Patron
Sylvia Robson Trainee
Alex Rock QUAD Liaison
Professor Carol Rutter Patron
Michael Sargeant Advisory Board
Ava Scott Associate Artist and Trainees Coordinator
Grace Scott Associate Artist
Muj Shah Actor
Jeni Smith Volunteer
Paul Smith Fight Director
Rebecca Sowter Associate Trainee
Ben Spiller Company Director, Artistic Director and Producer
Roger Spiller Volunteer
Vivien Spiller Volunteer and Advisory Board
Rachael Stevens Trainee
Laura Tellwright Volunteer
Oliver Tunstall Associate Trainee
Jane Upton Advisory Board and Associate Artist
Christopher Wakeman QUAD Liaison
Daniel David Webber Volunteer


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