Emerge log lock up

The Emerge programme is now in full swing at Halesowen College and Earl’s High School and this half term has seen us working collaboratively on material sharings at both labs.

At Halesowen, we have worked towards showing their work at the Open Day, and Earl’s arranged their own Emerge sharing to show parents and friends the work they’re creating in the sessions.

They have decided on the name ‘The Shakespeariance” for the festival, and they’re currently designing posters.

We’ve just started scripted work with the young people at Earl’s and they’re excited to get started on their work on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, whilst those at Halesowen are getting stuck in to devised physical theatre work on Shakespeare’s ever famous sonnets.

As a company we have learnt a lot from this term and now all the participants are all eased into the programme, this partnership is becoming more and more collaborative.

The young people have discussed what they want our festival to look, feel and sound like, as well as the type of people we want there.

Halesowen College are mostly working on their Gold Arts Award however, we’ve got a mix of Silver and Bronze’s at Earls whose portfolios are coming along swimmingly, after a meeting with Janette to iron out our concerns.

From now, we’re working on seeing through all of the young people’s ideas and completing the Arts Awards as much as possible before April.

Charlotte Bell

Emerge Dudley will take place on Saturday 21 April from 12-3pm at Haden Hill House. Emerge Festivals are FREE. 



Emerge is a regional programme of one-day festivals led by young people in the heart of local communities. The festivals are directed by a commissioned young artist, in partnership with schools and community organisations. Over the past two years Emerge has delivered 24 children and young people-led arts festivals in 12 Midlands locations. These festivals celebrate the life and work of William Shakespeare, with an emphasis on language and storytelling using a range of different disciplines from performance to visual art.

The Emerge festivals happen simultaneously across the midlands over one day. The festivals are planned, programmed and promoted by young people, led by artists selected through an open call. The festivals will take place in these geographic areas:

East Midlands – Horncastle, Spalding, Boston, Corby, Mansfield and Ashfield

West Midlands – Cannock Chase, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Tamworth and Wolverhampton