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Shakespeare in Shorts
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BAFTA nomination!

We’ve had a Children’s BAFTA nomination!

We’re absolutely thrilled and delighted that our Shakespeare in Shorts project has been shortlisted in the Learning Primary Category.

We made the series with BBC Learning and The Firm Music Group, and are so proud of what we have achieved.

Big thanks to all at BAFTA for the boost that this has given us!

About our BAFTA Nomination

The British Academy Children’s Awards, celebrates the best film, television, games and online media across children’s entertainment. Awards are given at an annual ceremony in London. Children also get a chance to vote in the BAFTA Kids Vote, where seven to fourteen year olds are given the chance to have their say on their favourite film, television programme and game.

Last year’s guests included Michael Palin, Keith Chegwin, Pat Sharp, Dick and Dom, Katy Hill and Floella Benjamin. The awards are presented by British actor, writer and comedian Doc Brown. Looking forward to who we are going to meet this year!

About Shakespeare in Shorts

Fettle turned 6 popular Shakespeare plays into 3 minute animations with fun lyrics and catchy tunes from The Firm Music Group.  We used a simple art style to engage younger children in Shakespeare. We are so thrilled that this has given us a BAFTA nomination.

They have been clocking up lots of views on BBC Bitesize and BBC Teach and getting fabulous feedback from teachers using them in the classroom and parents and children singing along to them.

So we’ve animated Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, a Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Tempest. We’ve worked carefully to stay true to Shakespeare’s original stories and combined the original text with some modern language to help children to understand.

Behind the Scenes

Big thanks to all of the guys from The Firm Music Group and BBC Learning.  Special thanks to advisors John Chapman and Susanna Meese.

Massive congratulations to all of Team Fettle Zane Whittingham, Ryan Jones, Laura Tattersfield, Julia Young,  Tamara Webster, Luke Sault, Phil Jeffery and Kath Shackleton.

Thanks also to Lisa Mather, Emma Reynolds, Chris Lacey and Daniel Castrogiovanni for their contributions to the project. Thanks too to Diane Green and Kirklees Libraries for helping us to launch our project.

Find out more about how these were made. Here’s a playlist of linked videos, detailing each aspect of how the series was devised, from first concept, to writing, to music, to design to animation.

So we’re getting our party-frocks and best suits cleaned, ready for a great night out at Camden Roundhouse on the 20th November – can’t wait!

Children's BAFTA nomination venue Camden Roundhouse

Congratulations to all of the other nominees!

A full list here