Theatre broadcast live to pupils across the UK

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Pupils in classrooms all over the country take part in an interactive stream of a new play.

A filmed version of I, Cinna (The Poet), a new play written and directed by Tim Crouch was streamed exclusively to schools around the UK today (Monday).

The play tells the story of Julius Caesar through the eyes of Cinna the Poet. It was followed by a live question and answer session hosted by television presenter Konnie Huq, author Malorie Blackman, Tim Crouch and the actor playing Cinna, Jude Owusu.

One teacher said: 'We are really isolated here in the depths of the Lake District and to get our students to the theatre is a huge undertaking.

'This has enabled us to bring Shakespeare to them, in an innovative, accessible and inspirational way.'

A pupil commented: 'It seemed like you were actually there and not in the classroom. It made me feel excited and it made me think.'

The live broadcast which started at 10.30am was watched by an estimated 8,000 students.

Ed Vaisey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries watched the broadcast with pupils at Phoenix School, Shepherd's Bush.

I, Cinna (The Poet) is a collaboration with project sponsor CISCO, digital media and design college Ravensbourne, and research and education network Janet.

A final performance of the play takes place in the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday 6 July.

Photo: Phoenix School pupils watching I, Cinna (The Poet) with Ed Vaizey. Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

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