The Value of the Project
To some extent, of course, the value of the project is for others to decide. However, it is perhaps permissible for those who have been involved over a number of years to offer their opinions.
The work of Edward’s Boys has provided opportunities for:
1. The academics, for whom it offers occasional insights into what it might have been like to witness a performance by a boys’ company
2. The development of a company spirit and the inculcation of apprenticeship which has been a crucial element in the success of the endeavour
3. The development of skills as performers of early modern drama
4. Wider educational value, which has been immeasurable – within the school community in a pastoral sense, in terms of an emotional and PSHE education, a curriculum useful for boys, and an appreciation of the power of the arts
Review of A Chaste Maid in Cheapside by Professor John Jowett, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
Review of A Mad World My Masters by Professor Laurie Maguire, Magdalen College, Oxford
Review of Antonio’s Revenge by Dr Lucy Munro, University of Keele
Review of Endymion by Professor Leah Scragg, University of Manchester
Review of The Dutch Courtesan by Professor Jonathan Bate, University of Oxford
Review of Westward Ho! by Professor Elisabeth Dutton, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Click here to read more expert opinion on the work of Edward’s Boys from Pascale Aebischer, Gregory Doran, Tiffany Stern, Laurie Maguire, Gordon McMullan and Elisabeth Dutton.