BBC Radio 4 Appeal

To help us raise vital funds to change more young lives, Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation has been chosen to feature in BBC Radio 4’s Charity Appeal for a week commencing Sunday 11 October.

The appeal, presented by our patron, actor Alfred Enoch, will help to support our work with children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds and give them the opportunity to take part in our 2020 festival, the innovative One Night of Shakespeare. In these unique times, with most theatres still closed, this new initiative will see performances live-streamed from schools and give thousands of children an experience that can have a long-lasting positive impact on their lives.

Kabeera’s story

The appeal features 14-year-old Kabeera who took part in Shakespeare Schools Festival last year. Kabeera told us how participating in the Festival provided an outlet for her and her classmates to address issues of racism and gang violence they’ve experienced in their community.Their production of Othello was presented in a way that was meaningful to them and Kabeera describes how the experience enabled her to overcome personal challenges and aspire to a brighter future: “I have suffered trauma in my life. I have panic attacks. I was having a panic attack before I went on stage but I did my best to push through it and perform anyway. It felt like a real achievement. When I’m older, I’d like to be a doctor. I want something different from the destructive lifestyles I see around me. There is so much more out there.”Alfred Enoch (Harry Potter, How to Get Away With Murder, Netflix) shared how the charity and the Festival is a cause very close to his heart.

How to support the appeal

£60 can pay for one child to have the scripts, workshops and expert guidance they need to take part in a Festival production. The performance may only last for 30 minutes, but the impact can last a lifetime. Please listen in to the BBC Radio 4 Appeal on air on Sunday 11 October (7.54am and 9.25pm) and Thursday 15 October (3.27pm) or online whenever suits you. And you can help us spread the word on social media, tagging @SSF_UK and using #R4Appeal.You can donate in the following ways:

  • Call freephone 0800 404 8144
  • Visit our Radio 4 Appeal page
  • Write a cheque to Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation and send to: FREEPOST BBC Radio 4 Appeal, and mark the back of your envelope 'Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation'

Thank you so much for your support – and our sincere thanks to Alfred for generously giving his time to present the appeal.

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of teachers said that their students increased in confidence

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of teachers say their students improve academically

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

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