Learning Lines

Our inspirational journey in education to bring young people and Shakespeare closer together.

Lizzie Hopley

Lizzie Hopley  is an actor, writer and education practitioner. Born in Liverpool, Lizzie trained at Manchester University and RADA.

Martin Bassindale

Martin Bassindale  is an actor and is a member of the Famous Victories company. He plays the role of Hal.

Sophie Hobson

Sophie Hobson  is the RSC's Education Programme Developer, helping create the education programme alongside the plays in the Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatres and on tour.

Hannah Young

Hannah Young  is an actor and educational practitioner. She was a member of the Long Ensemble acting company with the RSC from 2009-2011. She is currently Director Mentor for the Hull schools in our Learning and Performance Network (LPN).

Jacqui O'Hanlon

Jacqui O'Hanlon  is our Director of Education. She's been an education practitioner for over 20 years working with children and young people of all ages and their teachers.

Student blogger

Guest blogger : students, teachers and members of the RSC Education team speak directly about their experiences.

The Famous Victories of Henry V - 'It's like the orcs approaching'

July 2, 2015
The Famous Victories of Henry V

The teenage boy sat in front of me who was very loud and uninterested during the preshow, after, sat leaning forward completely engaged and quiet once the play got going. As if he discovered that actually Shakespeare – or theatre – was something he might understand and even enjoy. That's what this tour's all about.

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Zip, Zap, SLAP and the dark arts of the stealth ninja

June 30, 2015
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A Health and Safety warning klaxons faintly in my brain but I have 24 pairs of Kohl-rimmed eyes on me and utter silence in the room.

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The Famous Victories of Henry V: unknowing the story

June 30, 2015
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Two weeks down. Sixteen shows completed. We've played to hundreds of schoolchildren, teachers, parents, a postman and a ninety-eight year old man. Un-knowing the story has become a daily exercise.

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The Famous Victories development day

June 26, 2015
The Famous Victories development day

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First Encounters: The Famous Victories of Henry V - week 3

June 8, 2015
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Bit by bit photos and words have been appearing around the rehearsal room.

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First Encounters: The Famous Victories of Henry V - week 2

June 8, 2015
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This week we have been exploring the importance of the Crown. How does one react to it; how do you hold it; what does it mean if you place it on your head? Who really wants it and who doesn't want it at all?

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First Encounters The Famous Victories of Henry V: When you can't run, just stagger.

June 8, 2015
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In an hour and a half we'll start the last week of rehearsals.

This means having to do our first ever run of the show; the infamous 'stagger through'.

When you can't run, just stagger.

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O this learning what a thing is it: Famous Victories and the LPN

June 2, 2015
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The RSC motto, 'Do it on Your Feet, See it Live, Start it Earlier' has never felt more relevant. We joined the programme in September 2014 and already around 500 students have participated in workshops, live screenings and trips to Stratford.

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The Head That Wears a Crown: Shakespeare's Ambassadors

May 29, 2015
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'I find Shakespeare more interesting and fun to learn. When you understand the language, you understand the plays.'

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The Head That Wears a Crown: 'Our revels now are ended...'

May 27, 2015
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The most inspiring aspect of the festivals were the individual stories: the shy pupil who found new confidence, the child who struggled in class but who took on new levels of responsibility in rehearsals, the reticent student who excitedly discovered his own meaning in the text, the Year 4 girl who couldn't wait to share the story she'd been learning with her parents.

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