news 15 July 2019 Shakespeare In The City

Shakespeare In The City Project champions Akshita Brahma and Lorna Gauvain with director Joseph Ballard, centre

News: 15 July 2019

New summer project for 14-19s to perform Shakespeare in the city centre and market

Popular scenes of Shakespeare will be brought to life on the streets of Norwich city centre with a four-day theatre summer school will take place in Norwich at the beginning of the summer holidays. The project for young people will explore the famous scenes of Shakespeare which will then be performed open air across city centre locations by the 14-19 year old participants.

The summer school will explore 10-15 minute scenes of the most well-known parts of Shakespeare plays including moments from Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The project is run by New Stages, a theatre company set up by actor and playwright Joseph Ballard. The company has been running summer schools, youth theatre, community choirs, acting classes and shows for eight years, including establishing North Walsham People’s Theatre in 2017. Joseph will lead the project, who says it is a culmination of different ideas and a passion for bringing Shakespeare alive in non-conventional spaces and on the streets.

Joseph Ballard, director of New Stages said:
“We devised the project with the young people themselves, who wanted to know more about Shakespeare’s plays and contribute towards something in the city this summer. We can’t wait to animate spots of the city with what we call the ‘best bits’ including asking for a ‘pound of flesh’ actually on Norwich market when we present an excerpt from The Merchant of Venice.”

“I enjoy working with young people and theatre in different ways, including the work of Shakespeare in a fun, bitesize engaging way. It’s not just about the final performance but about understanding the stories and building team work and confidence along the way.”

The project takes place Wednesday 31 July to Saturday 3 August, based at the Blake Studio of Norwich School, next to Norwich Cathedral. It costs £90 for the four days and participants can book online at or call 01692 434112 or mail

The performance will take place on the Saturday – with the audience meeting at the steps of City Hall at 4pm. The audience will then be guided round city centre spots on the perimeter of the market by the actors. The performance is free and all are welcome to attend.

Read more and book online here.