Join our Shakespeare Nation Community Group  

We’re on the lookout for people to join our Community Company in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

Shakespeare Nation provides opportunities for adults to become Shakespeare Champions, joining workshops with professionals from the Royal Shakespeare Company, including actors, directors and voice experts, before creating our own theatrical pieces. A programme of activity has begun, including work with a mixture of writers, directors and choreographers based in Cornwall and from the RSC's own team.  

We want to hear from you if you're interested in onstage or offstage opportunities, whether you have a love of Shakespeare or whether it terrifies you. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals new to performing alongside more seasoned Shakespeare enthusiasts, and all we ask is that you have a love of theatre, a passion for performance and want to have fun whilst creating. 

Making a start with our core company, a small group assembled at the end of October 2021 to make a film based on the opening sections of ‘Comedy of Errors’. This was taken up to Stratford at the end of November 2021 and presented as part of an RSC sharing event with the other Shakespeare Nation groups from across the country. 

Click HERE to watch the video 

What followed was an abridged version of ‘Comedy of Errors’, performed live on the Hall for Cornwall stage on Sunday 10th April 2022. The play was directed by Alister O’Loughlin and Miranda Henderson from Prodigal Theatre ( Assistant Director, Sam Colborne. Producer, Helen Tiplady.

Photo courtesy of Hugh Hastings

If you’re interested in joining Shakespeare Nation, please register your interest with Sam Rankin from the Get Creative Team: [email protected] 

Please let us know anything we can do to make your experience of participating easier – we are committed to helping to break down barriers to attending. All workshops and sessions are free. 


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37 Plays


This year, the RSC is launching a national playwrighting project called 37 Plays. In collaboration with their Associate Regional Theatres (of which the Hall for Cornwall is one), 37 Plays is a call to get the nation writing in order to create an ambitious volume of contemporary dramatic works which respond to the world in which we live. The invitation to write a play will open for submissions in January 2023 with the final collection of 37 plays being shared in 2023 to mark the First Folio anniversary.

As part of the RSC’s search for 37 State of the Nation plays (, the Hall for Cornwall and The Writers’ Block are running a series of workshops led by some of Cornwall’s finest playwrights and theatre makers to support emerging writers or anyone interested in submitting a play. All the workshops will take place from August to December 2022 at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro and the Liskerrett Centre in Liskeard.

If this has piqued your interest, please sign up for the launch meeting which will be on Teams from 7pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday 5th July. There will be a full project description as well as a chance to meet the writers and ask lots of questions.

To book a place, please click HERE.

For any further information contact [email protected] and/or [email protected]

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