Shanty co-founder Rakie Ayola is now a Doctor of Literature. On Monday July 22nd she was awarded an Honorary Degree by Warwick University for her services to Shakespeare and the performing arts. In an inspirational speech, Rakie referred to her early fear and dislike of Shakespeare, even at drama school.
"I was cast as Lady Macbeth. A decision I found so cruel and contrary, I sank to the floor and promptly burst into tears. What I couldn't have imagined is how I would learn to love Shakespeare to the extent that performing and producing his work would dramatically colour my life."
Thanks to all who attended the special screening of Twelfth Night at the 2019 British Shakespeare Association annual conference in Swansea on July 20th. A special one hour edit was very warmly received and was followed by a preview of our schools viewtorials and a Q&A with Director Adam Smethurst chaired by Dr Jami Rogers from Warwick University.
We recently had the great privilege and pleasure of taking part in the inaugural Leigh Academy Blackheath Literary Festival. The response from staff and pupils was fantastic. Thank you for such a warm welcome.
"It's hard to understand Shakespeare's language sometimes and the viewtorials really helped translate what he was actually saying so we'd understand."
Year 7 Pupil
"The viewtorials allow for students very quickly to get up to speed in terms of the plot in a way that maintains the beauty of Shakespeare's original language"
Dan Morrison, Assistant Principal & English Lead, Leigh Academy Blackheath
"I liked how Sam & Doms came in between the videos because it gave us a clearer understanding and it made it entertaining as well so we'd be more engaged."
Year 7 Pupil