A unique performance


Last week we played host to a group of students from Small Heath school in Birmingham at a performance of Richard II. There was a special treat in store for this group of 16 and 17-year-olds -who are all studying English Literature at A' Level.

They were greeted by Owen Horsley, assistant director before the play who introduced them to the story. And David Tennant, who plays Richard, came to meet them after the performance and answered their questions about the play.

Olly Macnamee, the team leader for English and media at the school, said: 'It was a memorable night and one I know they will remember for years to come. The RSC couldn't have been more accommodating.'

The group from Small Heath were at the performance courtesy of Birmingham Airport who donated the cost of their tickets. This was organised through our Credits for the Community scheme. The scheme was launched last October and encourages our corporate supporters to donate their membership benefits back to the community; in this case, Small Heath school.

David Tennant meets students from Small Heat school at the Royal Shakespeare TheatreThe students were also joined by Andy Holding, community affairs manager at Birmingham Airport. He said: 'We were delighted with the way the RSC looked after the students, from the pre-performance brief to the having them on stage afterwards. And, of course, the excitement of getting to meet the man himself. What a treat!'

You can find out more about our corporate sponsorship packages and ways your organisation could support your local community in our Corporate Membership section of this website.

Top image: one student shakes David's hand after the show.

Bottom image: the full group of students from the school.

Both pictures by Olly Macanmee.

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