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Perform Shakespeare for the ESU Festival of Speaking!


Joint winner of the ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition 2019

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From Romeo’s tragic profession of love to his ‘dead’ Juliet to Shylock’s diatribe against racism, Shakespeare’s plays are full of powerful speeches. Choose your favourite and post a short film of you performing it, using the hashtag #esufestivalofspeaking. You could do a duologue with a friend if you prefer. It is great if you also talk about your chosen piece. But it doesn’t have to be the Bard! It could be a modern play, one you have written, or even some stand-up comedy. For inspiration, take a look at the videos and resources below.

Also, take a look at the festival resources for speaking and debating.

It could be YOU performing

Hugh Dennis



Performing Resources

Chris Rankin, Actor

Rowan Mackenzie

Paul Edmondson

Jen Stone: Why primary school pupils should perform Shakespeare

John Pfumojena: Why do Shakespeare?

Judges advice and feedback from the Performing Shakespeare Grand Final

Inspiration and entries


Watch the Stone family practise and perform at home

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Jodie, a Year 13 student, performs Lady Macbeth's speech from Act V, scene i of ‘the play that shall not be named’

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Toby performs Richard III, Act I, scene ii

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