We were delighted to see the culmination of the inaugural Jeremy Lemmon Project in recent weeks, established to support drama training, creative collaboration and access to higher education in secondary schools in the borough of Harrow.
Jeremy was an inspirational teacher and director of Shakespeare at Harrow School, staging a series of productions exploring shared-light playing conditions, and bringing the work to life for generations of students.
Since January this year, sixth-form students from Hatch End High School, Nower Hill High School, Whitmore High School and Harrow School have formed an acting company, under the direction and mentoring of the Globe’s practitioners. Workshops have focused on building an ensemble, and accessing and exploring Shakespeare’s language for performance. Company members – many of whom aim to pursue formal actor training, or university pathways linked to drama and literature – have also benefitted from individual coaching sessions to develop their performance skills.
This year’s project was due to culminate with a sharing on stage in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in June. In the unforeseen circumstances of recent months, though, we are grateful to Globe Education, and to the staff and students from the schools involved, for adapting the final stages of the project in such an innovative way, leading to a live sharing online. You can watch the video project here.