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Matilda the Musical National Writing Challenge

• EIGHT WINNING SCHOOLS FROM THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY'S NATIONAL WRITING CHALLENGE WATCH CAST MEMBERS FROM MATILDA THE MUSICAL PERFORM THEIR WORK IN A ONE-OFF PERFORMANCE

• SCENES AND SONGS CREATED BY THE EIGHT SCHOOLS WERE PERFORMED ON TUESDAY 11 JUNE AT THE CAMBRIDGE THEATRE IN LONDON

Yesterday, Tuesday 11 June, eight winning schools from across the country watched their selected scenes and songs performed live on stage by the cast of the multi-award winning production Matilda The Musical. Each of the students received a 'Maggot' medal after the performance of their work before watching Matilda The Musical that evening with their classmates.

To celebrate the launch of Write Here Write Now with Matilda, the groundbreaking free online resource for schools, the RSC set a National Writing Challenge inviting students aged between eight and thirteen to create an original script or song to be performed live by the West End cast.

Over 200 entries from schools across the UK were received and put through a full script selection process by the RSC's Literary and Education Departments, before the show's creators Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin read the winning eight entries. The carefully selected scenes and songs were fully rehearsed by members of the Matilda company before being performed on stage in front of the students and their classmates.

Music and lyricist for Matilda The Musical, Tim Minchin said: 'The entries are completely mad and wonderful and hilarious and I'd like to congratulate everyone on their wonderful imaginations and hard work. It's wonderful to see young people engaging with writing for theatre and writing songs. I'm really proud to be involved in this awesome project.'

The writer of Matilda The Musical, Dennis Kelly said: 'I thought the scripts were brilliant, really excellent, I was quite jealous of some of them! It's exciting to see young people bringing their own ideas and creativity to our story and I hope they enjoy the experience of seeing their work on stage.'

The eight schools whose work was performed on stage are Appleton Academy, Bradford; Bitterne Park School, Southampton; Pates Grammar School, Cheltenham; Richmond Park Academy, East Sheen, London; Scorton C of E Primary School, Preston, Lancashire; St Mary's C of E (aided) Primary School, Horsham, West Sussex; St Paul with St Luke C of E Primary School, Tower Hamlets, London and Treorchy Comprehensive School, Treorchy, Mid Glamorgan.

Inspired by the themes of Matilda The Musical, the RSC Education Department created the free online resource to give schools insight into the creative process of staging this award-winning musical, and invites children to create their own scripts and songs.

Write Here Write Now with Matilda is an interactive website that is inspiring children to become creative writers, imaginative playwrights and avid readers. Through filmed interviews with the show's writer Dennis Kelly and music and lyricist Tim Minchin, together with comprehensive teacher notes for use in the classroom, this innovative website helps to make storytelling vivid, accessible and enjoyable for children and their teachers.

Additionally, and building on the highly successful active teaching approaches to Shakespeare developed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Write Here Write Now with Matilda also offers Teacher Professional Development days, providing teachers with practical approaches to creative writing using Matilda The Musical as a springboard.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's world premiere production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical has captured the imagination of young and old alike and continues to play to packed houses at London's Cambridge Theatre.

With a total of 24 awards for the London production to date, including seven Laurence Olivier Awards, over 800,000 people have seen Matilda The Musical in the West End since the show opened in October 2011. Alongside the 12 Tony Award® nominations, the New York production has collected 20 awards on Broadway so far including four Tony Awards.

The New York production of Matilda The Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, began previews on 4 March 2013 with opening night on 11 April 2013 at the Shubert Theatre.

Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the RSC and played to sold-out audiences at the RSC's The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011.

Matilda The Musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by the anarchic Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus.
The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations
additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

MATILDA THE MUSICAL
Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, WC2H 9HU
Booking until 25 May 2014

Box Office: Cambridge Theatre 0844 412 4652 / RSC Ticket Hotline 0844 800 1110
To book online visit: www.matildathemusical.com

Schools groups 10+: £25 for Tuesday to Thursday performances including Wednesday matinees.

ENDS

Press Representative: Ryan Petersen and Chloe Pritchard-Gordon at The Corner Shop PR on 020 7831 7657
ryan@thecornershoppr.com / chloe@thecornershoppr.com

For further information please visit: www.matildawritenow.org.uk

For quotes from each of the Schools, please contact Chloe@thecornershoppr.com

Images and footage from the London production are available from The Corner Shop

The original cast recording of Matilda the Musical is available from iTunes and on CD. Recorded in a studio by the original Stratford-upon-Avon cast, the album includes 17 original numbers from the production, including When I Grow Up, Revolting Children and The Smell of Rebellion. The CD is available from the RSC Shop - www.rsc.org.uk/shop, iTunes, or via the Matilda The Musical website www.matildathemusical.com

Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers.

This production was developed with the support of Company Dramaturg Jeanie O'Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST

American Airlines is the preferred airline for Matilda The Musical

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