Grace discusses all things Shakespeare

IGS Head Girl Grace Truman recently recorded a podcast with Bell Shakespeare as part of their Speak the Speech series.

Her mother Julie said Grace discussed all things Shakespeare including her experience performing Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at IGS, as well as other topics, including being a student in the pandemic.

Speak The Speech celebrates some of Shakespeare’s greatest speeches with actors, directors and thinkers.  

In each episode Associate Director James Evans is joined by a guest to dissect some of the most powerful language Shakespeare ever wrote and investigate how these beautiful words and ideas are brought to life on stage more than 400 years later.

“I had the great privilege of being interviewed for the final episode of Series 2 of the Bell Shakespeare podcast Speak the Speech,” said Grace.

“I was interviewed by the wonderful James Evans, who is the Associate Director of the Bell Shakespeare Company (and also an IGS parent).

“We had the most fabulous conversation about Shakespeare covering the plays Much Ado About Nothing, which I was lucky enough to perform in at the beginning of this year at IGS, Titus Andronicus which I performed in as part of the Bell Shakespeare production in 2019, and King Henry IV Part 1 which I am studying for Year 12 English Advanced.

“We also discussed my experience of discovering Shakespeare and the continuing relevance of Shakespeare’s work.

“As we discussed in the interview, the IGS Shakespeare Bootcamp in Year 7 was my first proper encounter with Shakespearean text and made me appreciate how beautiful the language was and how engaging and intriguing Shakespeare’s characters and narratives could be.”

Grace said it was a joy to discuss some of the incredible writings of Shakespeare “and I hope people will enjoy the podcast episode as much as I enjoyed having the conversation”.

The podcast will be released on 31 August. Visit for more information.

Grace in pale pink in the 2021 IGS production of Much Ado About Nothing