How can we use the spaces outside of formal education to foster a relationship with Shakespeare? Can this help us to find a relevance for Shakespeare at a time when uptake in English and the arts is decreasing? Using my own company, PurpleCoat, as a model for interrogation, I will examine how performance can be used as a guide for Shakespeare in education. Through this research, I aim to understand the impact of my company's work, and to better question how professional theatre, community theatre and classroom education can work together and learn from one another, to develop a more inclusive arts environment for those alienated by Shakespeare as a result of traditional systems.
Karl Falconer is a theatre director from Liverpool, whose work has been screened and staged across the UK and Ireland. His work for screen formed part of the shortlist of the Virgin Media Shorts awards, and his debut play was nominated for the Brighton Fringe Festival Best Newcomer Award. His work with PurpleCoat has earned him an Outstanding Alumni Achievement award from the University of Salford and a nomination for a National Lottery Award. He is a graduate of the Shakespeare Institute.