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Globe art project brings Shakespeare to Evelina Children’s Hospital

William Byrne

A 'growing' piece of live art will be created at the Evelina Children's Hospital as part of a Globe Education project to introduce young patients to the works of Shakespeare.

Globe art project brings Shakespeare to Evelina Children’s Hospital

Globe Education, in conjunction with Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, has launched a month-long project to give the young patients at Evelina Children's Hospital the opportunity to creatively explore Shakespeare's world.

Evelina Children's Hospital, a purpose built unit at St Thomas' Hospital, specialises in paediatric intensive care, with an emphasis on cleft lip, heart and kidney problems.

"We are so grateful to Guy's and St Thomas' Charity and to Shakespeare's Globe for this wonderful project," says Manuela Beste, headteacher of the Evelina Hospital School.

"With their help this project will allow [the children] to discover the relevance Shakespeare's plays continue to have in helping us 'understand' our world.'

The project, which runs until 25 May, is based around the play 'As You Like It' and will include artwork, sound recordings and a short film documenting the children's progress throughout.

"We are looking forward to working alongside Evelina staff and children to create their own interpretation of As You Like It and share their story," says Kate Jamie, community projects manager at Globe Education.

"This will provide a wonderful creative focus for the young patients, and we hope it will enable them to learn more about themselves and the world of Shakespeare's plays"

An art installation, created by participating patients, is currently on display at Evelina Children's Hospital's atrium.

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