From the BBC: “Schools across the UK are invited to take part in Off By Heart Shakespeare, 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 Shakespeares 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.
Dont miss out – there are still some places available at the regional heats. UK Schools can nominate students now by visiting bbc.co.uk/offbyheart
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 Nights 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 bbc.co.uk/offbyheart”
So there you are. Enter the competition and let us know how you get on.