All Sewn Up

Student taking part in the In Stitches Project. Photo by Gina Print.

Exhibition open from 11 December 2013
Swan Bar, Swan Theatre

Open from 10am until the building closes every day

A group of students from Birmingham have created their own work in response to the In Stitches costume exhibitions.

The fifteen students, aged 14 and 15, attend St Albans Academy in the Highgate area of Birmingham and are working towards their Textile GCSE.

The students created their own pieces of costume in response to As You Like It, supported by designer Lily Arnold whose work with the RSC includes the Young People's Shakespeare productions of The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear

The project began on 15 July when the students visited the RSC to meet Lily and to visit the exhibitions. For most of the students this was their first visit to Stratford-upon-Avon and the RSC.

Lily gave a fascinating presentation about designing for theatre and set a challenge for each student to create a collar out of paper in 5 minutes. Following a look round the exhibitions, the group took part in a workshop with Miles Tandy from our Education Department to introduce them to some of the themes, characters and speeches in As You Like It.

The project continued in September when the students came to see As You Like It in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. They then worked with Lily and their art teacher Mrs Moore to create a headpiece or collar for a character of their choice from As You Like It. The students returned to Stratford on 10 December to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of their work called All Sewn Up. The work will be displayed in the Swan Bar through the winter.

For more information on this project contact Fiona Clayton in our Education Department on 01789 272522 or


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