It’s not always easy being ourselves and sometimes we’re afraid to be who we are in case others judge us. But being true to ourselves is important for our wellbeing and self-esteem. For Shakespeare Week 2021 we invited children to explore their identities and be proud of themselves!

To inspire children we asked several well-known children’s figures including CBeebies presenter Ben Cajee and award-winning children’s author and illustrator, Marcia Williams, to explore their identities by responding to the famous Shakespeare quote from Hamlet:

'This above all, to thine own self be true...'

You can see their creative responses and many other famous children’s celebrities’ in this online exhibition as well as the winners of the 2021 competition and a selection of the highly commended children’s entries.

Scroll down to discover the creative responses. Have fun!