The offer for children and young people

Creativity, knowledge and theater in Neuss
Four Shakespeare days for young people

In 20 workshops, children and young people can learn about the Elisabether for free. They can, among other things, paint, compose or work as a reporter.

Designing a scene, painting Shakespeare as a cartoon character, composing or reporting on the festival as a reporter: At this year’s Shakespeare Festival, children and young people have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of the Elizabethan over four days. “Shakespeare’s Workshop” is the name of the new program directed by Frances van Boeckel, who has also directed productions at the Rheinisches Landestheater. “It’s a further development of the former children’s day,” explained director Maja Delinić.

There are a total of 20 different offers where children and young people can learn more about the playwright from 26 to 29 May: As the International Hanseatic Days also take place in Neuss during this period, the performances in the Globe are paused, so among other things. a. the kids can see the complete garden land available. The “workshops” are funded by a corona program in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with the support of the federal government. Participation is free, only registration is required. This is possible at all pre-booking offices in Neuss, on the west ticket (hotline: 0211-274000), by phone on 02131/52699999 or online. There you will also find further information about the individual offers.

One thing is for sure: the selection is large. Young people between the ages of 13 and 17 can become active themselves, for example by reporting on the festival, conducting interviews and eventually publishing a newspaper. Children and young people can also be creative in workshops, where it is about developing their own stage design, designing costumes or even composing a melody.

If you are between six and nine years old and have always wanted to slip into the role of a fool from Shakespeare’s plays, you can learn all about juggling, pastiche and acrobatics in the circus workshop. In another course, Prospero’s magic box is used to learn a few tricks. In another course, there is the opportunity to pose as Shakepeare.

Young people between the ages of 14 and 18 can playfully approach the play “Shakespeare in Love”, which the Rheinisches Landestheater is showing. And there are other ways to try acting. In an object theater, children between the ages of 8 and 12 can dedicate themselves to Shakespeare’s love stories. Another workshop is about figuring out what you can represent with your body alone if, for example, a mask prevents facial expressions and speech. Children and young people can also discover Shakespeare’s world in dance, after all, hardly any other writer has been adapted to dance as often as Shakespeare.

But there is also research and knowledge transfer: In a workshop, children aged eight to twelve get the opportunity to get to know the playwright (better). In two hours, they discover Shakespeare’s famous characters and learn why women had no place on stage at the time. In additional research courses, participants pursue the question, “What does Shakespeare really have to do with me?” They get to know his villains, but also his side characters, or deal with Hamlet as the representative of Generation Z. It becomes philosophical in four workshops where the philosopher Helmut Engels talks to children about the themes and motivations of Shakespeare’s plays. The entire program is available online at:


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