Opening our eyes to dramatic benefits

Dr Llewelyn learned more about Guildford Shakespeare Company’s use of drama and the theatre to bring benefits to those who are struggling with a range of issues.

The Company works with disadvantaged schools to develop outreach projects using theatre to challenge social exclusion and mental health issues in our communities – subjects close to the High Sheriff’s heart.

During her visit, she spoke to the co-founder, Sarah Gobran, and Ant Stones and Rob Cann who both work on education and outreach. Dr Llewelyn heard about the bespoke workshops, talks and performances the GSC gives in schools and colleges in the south-east.

She said: “They do a great programme called ‘With my eyes’ where they work with children who are struggling at school and their families. They hope to run them again when funding is available.

“It was also interesting to hear how Shakespeare’s work provides an easily introduction to discussing issues such as bereavement, chaotic happenings and social isolation.”