Woodbridge celebrates
‘Shakespeare 400’ anniversary with related
art and drama workshops for the community

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Woodbridge resident and literature enthusiast, Tim Cornford, is organising Woodbridge’s own celebration of Shakespeare this summer to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death. The celebration kicks off with free drama and art workshops inspired by the famous bard.

Tim’s working with Farlingaye High School to put on the series of free art and drama workshops for all ages.

The first is a two-session course of art workshops on Thursday 5 and 19 May 5-7.30pm at Farlingaye. The course is free and open to people of all ages. Students will work with textiles and printed books to create 3D pieces drawing on images and quotes from Shakespeare. The course is run by Sue Cranwell and Madelaine Nightingale, textile and mixed-media artists in residence at Farlingaye.

The second type of art workshop is a single session. It is also free, open to all ages and takes place at Farlingaye. People can book to attend on either Tuesday 7 June or Tuesday 14th June 5-7.30pm. This class is run by Emma Johnson, a mixed media artist and a visiting artist at Farlingaye High School and will involve the manipulation and re-structure of Shakespeare's plays in book form to create 3D artworks. 

Works created during the art workshops will form a public exhibition in Woodbridge Library throughout June and July during normal opening hours. Places for the art workshops should be booked by emailing thetherington@farlingaye.suffolk.sch.uk

There is also a free drama workshop for 7-11 year olds (10am -12.30pm) and 12-13 year olds (1-3.30pm) on Saturday 16 July at Farlingaye. These workshops will be run by drama instructor Rosie Gordon, who has also worked for the Shakespeare in Schools Project, and Rachel Lansdowne, drama teacher at Farlingaye. Students will work in groups to bring to life some scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream. The workshops will end with brief presentations to parents. Places for the drama workshops should be booked by emailing rlansdowne@farlingaye.suffolk.sch.uk

Tim Cornford, Producer of the celebration, said: “Shakespeare’s work is core to Britain’s art and drama heritage and I hope through these community celebrations we can help to reignite the passion and appreciation in people of all ages.  I am so very grateful to the Year 7 pupils at Farlingaye High School for designing the posters, to the Rector and PCC of St Mary's Church for the use of the church on Sunday evening, 12 June, and to Suffolk Coastal District Council, Deben Decorative and Fine Arts Society and Woodbridge Society for their financial support.”

All the information and booking contacts can be found on www.choosewoodbridge.co.uk/events


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