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So I received this email today. Turns out SSF is now a partner of the BBC! We are allowed to nominate three actors very confident with Shakespeare for this competition. If you are interested, talk to me at auditions or email me at

Shakespeare Schools Festival are delighted to be partnered with the BBC.

 We would like to invite you to take part in the Off by Heart Shakespeare Contest.
Off By Heart Shakespeare is an exciting new recital contest from the BBC, for students aged 13-15.
All students nominated by their school to attend a regional heat will perform a famous speech they have learnt from some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. They will also get a fantastic opportunity to join a ‘behind the scenes’ acting workshop where they will experience Shakespearean language like never before. They will learn how to breathe it, feel it, vocalise it and finally make it their own.
The eight finalists will battle it out on stage in a bid to be crowned Schools Shakespeare Champion in a televised final.

The BBC challenged ten celebrities to perform a speech from the set list.  Go to the website to see comedienne Katy Brand play Titania, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as a feisty glamour queen and Larry Lamb playing Jaques, from As You Like It, in an east-end café. There are lots more interpretations and classroom resources all available on
Book now as free places at the heats are limited


About carambalache

I'm 22 years old, and am in my final year reading Modern Languages at Oxford. I live in Oxford but spent the previous academic year working in Madrid. I run a Facebook group for people of colour who are interested in makeup - search "Beauty of Colour" on Facebook if you'd like to join. I'm interested in the Spanish Golden Age, social media as a concept, the cosmetic industry, foreign languages, mythology, liberation activism and fashion. I also write about Oxford admissions, so please get in contact if you have any questions about studying Modern Languages or life at Oxford. Email me at

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