Learning Lines

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

Martin Bassindale

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

Amy Draper

Amy Draper is currently the Assistant Director on the Famous Victories of Henry V. When not working for the RSC she is a freelance Director based in London, she mainly creates new work and gets excited by big bold stories told well.

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.

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.

Lizzie Hopley

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

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).

Leigh Wolmarans

Leigh Wolmarans  Headteacher at Lings Primary School. Leigh is a teacher who has 'fallen into headship'; he is passionate about learning and teaching, and honoured to be at Lings and forever learning!

Student blogger

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

Whose culture?

September 30, 2015

Speech given by Jacqui O'Hanlon, RSC Director of Education: at No Boundaries 2015

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The World's Largest Shakespeare Classroom: Preparing for the Broadcasts- Part I

September 25, 2015

“All things are ready if our minds be so” (William Shakespeare Henry V) fitting words that totally sum up the process of getting young minds ready for the RSC schools' broadcasts.

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The Famous Victories of Henry V: the final week

July 16, 2015

Well, it's the penultimate week of the tour and the big news is that we have finally been given school pudding!

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The Famous Victories of Henry V: “MINIONS!”

July 16, 2015

Another community show kicks off to a raucous start in the Sacred Heart Catholic Girls School in Newcastle – the audience participation met with vocal gusto. Our best community audience yet.

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The Famous Victories of Henry V: Falstaff eat your heart out.

July 16, 2015

It's the end of week 2 on the road with The Famous Victories and it's been a busy one! We started off at the amazing New Vic Theatre in Newcastle under Lyme, which opened in 1986 and was the first purpose-built 'in the round' space in Europe...

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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

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

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

Bit by bit photos and words have been appearing around the rehearsal room.

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