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Early Shakespeare for Young Children

March 3, 2012

This just in:

‘Adele Devine (Cardiff Graduate class of 1998) has created Early Shakespeare with her animator husband to help introduce Shakespeare to young children.

There first animated play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was showcased at the reception of the British Shakespeare Association Conference (February 24th).

The software has had fantastic reviews and reactions from educationalists and Shakespeare enthusiasts:

‘I had my doubts whether A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream could be translated for early years and KS1 as it a complex farce featuring three interlocking plots. However, Early Shakespeare has pulled it off and done so with some aplomb.

Don’t see this resource as dumbing down though, as there is still plenty of challenge up for grabs. Early Shakespeare would be my first choice for introducing young minds to a great mind. It also makes a fabulous place to start as an adult if Shakespeare is all Greek to you.’ (John Dabell Teach Primary)

The children hear the original language as Shakespeare would have intended: The speeches are performed by professional actors who’ve trod the boards at the RSC and National Theatre.

A series of fun games follow testing knowledge of characters and story sequencing.

Visit www.earlyshakespeare.com and try Act 1 of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’”

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