“It was the best day of my life. I felt like I had just conquered the world.”
Student, Old Catton Junior School, Norwich

Help more children to feel they can achieve anything by supporting our Big Give Christmas Challenge appeal.

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In the last 22 years, over 300,000 young people across the UK have soared in confidence through performing in Shakespeare Schools Festival. To grow this number even further in 2023, Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation will again take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. In our most ambitious appeal to date, we are aiming to raise £75,000 towards our next Theatre Festival.

Our Big Give Christmas Challenge runs:
Tuesday 29 November - Tuesday 6 December 2022

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Every online donation we receive during the Big Give campaign week will be doubled by generous match funding from The Big Give and a small band of individual donors. That means that every online donation will go twice as far in supporting young people with the greatest need and the most to gain, to take part in Shakespeare Schools Festival.

“To see my own class on stage, brimming with self-confidence was one of the proudest moments of my teaching life. Thank you for reminding me why I wanted to become a teacher in the first place. I can’t think of many opportunities offered to primary school children that give them the chance to be treated with such respect by adults, and the chance to show just how good they can be if adults believe in them.”
Laura Mitchell, Teacher-Director, Pollokshields Primary School, Glasgow

With CSSF, children have the chance to shine. A child that steps onto stage during Shakespeare Schools Festival feels the sense of achievement and pride that comes with overcoming a challenge, conquering their nerves and developing a new, lasting confidence.

Children across the country need your support now more than ever:
“As the deprivation gap in arts participation widens amid the cost-of-living crisis, the Theatre Festival offers an inclusive creative experience for young people at a time when many families are struggling to afford access to enriching cultural activities. For children from disadvantaged backgrounds who may lack the “cultural capital” that their peers enjoy, arts opportunities provided through schools can be life changing.”
Francesca Ellis, Head of Creative and Programmes, CSSF

Please support our Big Give Christmas Challenge appeal with a donation online between 29 November and 6 December. Remember, every pound you donate will be DOUBLED, having twice the impact.

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