Much Ado About Gender: Panel Discussion
For the last twelve years, Shakespeare’s Globe and Deutsche Bank have been working together to support young people’s cultural education through Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank. This flagship project gives all state secondary school students in London and Birmingham, many of whom have never been to the theatre before, the opportunity to see a live Shakespeare production at the Globe for free alongside workshops in schools, CPD sessions for teachers and innovative online resources.
For the second year, Shakespeare’s Globe and Deutsche Bank are proud to have joined forces with HeForShe, UN Women’s solidarity movement for gender equality, and we are delighted to announce Much Ado About Gender, an evening of discussion and performance as part of HeForShe London Arts Week 2018 on Tuesday 13 March.
Focusing on how art influences our cultural perceptions of gender, the discussion will consider Much Ado About Nothing – the play being performed to thousands of secondary school students for this year’s Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank. This thrilling 90-minute, fully-staged production empowers young people to challenge their own perceptions of gender and relationships as they follow the turbulent romances between Hero and Claudio, and Beatrice and Benedict, and explores what loyalty, chivalry, and true love really mean.
‘These are important stories. They raise so many issues relevant to young people. Much Ado About Nothing invites us to challenge our preconceptions about image and the way we present ourselves to each other and society. Particularly relevant in the world today, that in our search for truth, common sense and instinct should prevail as we learn from mistakes and forgive.’
Michael Oakley, Director
The panel discussion will be chaired by Eileen Taylor – Global Head of Regulatory Management at Deutsche Bank, who will be joined by Laura Haynes – UN Women National Committee UK Chair, Michael Oakley – Director of Much Ado About Nothing, Chris Nayak – Learning Consultant at Shakespeare’s Globe, and Danielle Bumford – Teacher at St Thomas the Apostle College in South London.
We will be live Tweeting from the event using the hashtag #MuchAdoAboutGender – follow us and follow the discussion.