What You Will - Judging Day 2023

'Gently to hear, kindly to judge’

Take a look at our esteemed judges reading, watching, listening to and enjoying the shortlisted entries for our What You Will writing competition. The panel gathered for the day at the iconic Senate House in London, home of one of Shakespeare’s first folios, to deliberate over which of our young people’s entries should make it to the final. As you can see, it was an inspiring day, but the decision-making process wasn't easy…

“Most children encounter Shakespeare in an academic context as something they have to study to pass an exam, not something they get to play with or approach in a way that’s fun.

One of the most beautiful things about this competition has been to see the freedom with which young people have engaged with Shakespeare and how they’ve used his work to make something new, something of their own. I was in awe of some of the entries, they were fantastic.

Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation is a charity I’m very proud to support and I can’t wait to see the finalists on the night.”

Alfred Enoch (Actor & Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation Patron)

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