Shakespeare: A worldwide classroom

Tracy, our World Shakespeare Festival education practitioner, shares her experiences of visiting the seven countries in 2012 for Shakespeare: A Worldwide Classroom - Brazil, Czech Republic, Hong Kong China, India, Oman, South Africa and USA.

Tracy Irish

In 2012, Tracy was the RSC Education Programme Developer for the World Shakespeare Festival. In this role she explored where, how and why the world teaches Shakespeare through research and the sharing of good practice.

Tracy worked for the RSC for five years as a project manager, researcher and practitioner. Before this, she was a teacher of English and Drama for 16 years, with experience running departments in the UK and abroad.

Her work with Shakespeare in the classroom led to a series of books called The Shorter Shakespeare (Carel Press) and to directing productions with young people.

In 2001, Tracy completed the University of Birmingham's MA in Shakespeare Studies and has studied for a PhD in Shakespeare and Education at the University of Warwick.

Brazil - Part 2

February 25, 2013
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I first met Aimara at the International Shakespeare Conference in Stratford in August 2010; now here I am staying in her beautiful farm house in rural Brazil, watching a bright blue humming bird outside my window...

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Czech Republic - Part 1

February 25, 2013
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Choosing a European country to focus on for my research into how and why Shakespeare is taught around the world was not easy.... However, I was drawn to the former Soviet bloc for their particular love affair with Shakespeare.

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Czech Republic - Part 2

February 25, 2013
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...I was introduced to Mrs Haskova working with a co-curricular drama group of 14 year olds. This group had opted to work on Shakespeare extracts and had chosen to do so in English. My first question to them was why?

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South Africa - Part 1

February 25, 2013
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Shakespeare's had an interesting ride through South Africa's troubled modern history. I arrived in Johannesburg with snippets of information and anecdotes...

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South Africa - Part 2

February 25, 2013
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Life in this country for the majority is seriously tough. Lucky and Mualusi know how fortunate they are to have the opportunities their excellent schools are giving them. Shakespeare isn't life or death - but perhaps can help us cope with life and death.

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