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Heritage of Shakespeare on Show

All the World’s a Stage, an Exhibition of work by 11 Schools taking part in The New Carnival Company’s Heritage Lottery funded Mardi Gras education programme, was opened on Tuesday by the Chair of Isle of Wight Council, Cllr. Charles Chapman. Displayed over an entire first floor at Ryde Library and Help Centre, the exhibition of children and young people’s work across a range of Shakespeare inspired themes is colourful, didactic and very, very inspiring.

The exhibition comprises drawings, montage, workbooks, pictures and of course actual carnival costumes. It was 6 months in the making, during which time the children and young people took part in play reading and drama games, creative writing and historical research, exploratory visits to Carisbrooke Castle and the Globe Theatre, designing, making and practicing their moves for the big Mardi Gras day. Each school chose one play to study in depth and the main themes and characters from that play inspired their costumes.

Frankie Goldspink, Creative Director, The New Carnival Company said “This is a real tribute to the hours and hours of work that goes behind the scenes at Mardi Gras. Over 300 children, their parents and teachers have been involved in the learning programme, a third of them achieving an Arts Award in the process. Despite the late cancellation of the parade due to horrendous thunderstorms, they have all been able to perform in their costumes at special school assemblies and at other events across the island.”

The exhibition runs from now until the end of the month. The library is closed Thursdays.

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