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.

Hong Kong - Part 1

February 26, 2013
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And so into 2012 and next I am visiting the four countries involved in our Shakespeare: A Worldwide Classroom partnership project. My first stop was Hong Kong and I wasn't quite sure what to expect...

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Hong Kong - Part 2

February 26, 2013
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During my visit to Heep Yun school, I was taken to the drama studio. In a city where space is at a premium, Heep Yun is unusual for having such a facility. I spoke with the Arts Award group about Theatre Noir's With Love... and about their own forthcoming version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. ...

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Kolkata - Part 1

February 26, 2013
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I'm not good with crowds. I like my space... But it's amazing how quickly kindness and friendly faces can make you feel at home, and there to meet me at the airport was the friendly face of Anmol, our lead student from our partner school in India, accompanied by his father...

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Kolkata - Part 2

February 26, 2013
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Anmol, Anjana and Dana have worked mainly with a new upper school drama club called 'Masque'. The group are following the Arts Award programme or just love being involved with theatre. They spoke eloquently about how the club had boosted their confidence and their ability to work with each other...

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Los Angeles - Part 1

February 26, 2013
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LA was my last overseas visit for the World Shakespeare Festival. Our partnership there is with a unique organisation called Inner-City Arts (ICA), housed in an amazing and beautiful complex in the midst of a very unbeautiful area of Downtown...

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Los Angeles - Part 2

February 26, 2013
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One person I had to meet during my time in LA was Rafe Esquith and his Hobart Shakespeareans - an ensemble of Grade 4 and 5s. Every year they work on a different Shakespeare play, injecting a healthy dose of music and dance into each production...

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Oman - Part 1

February 26, 2013
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As part of our journey, The Ministry of Education in Oman invited us to deliver training with their teachers. So we devised a project with the British Council to involve a week of training in active approaches to Shakespeare, leading to a drama festival in early March 2012.

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Oman - Part 2

February 26, 2013
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In phase two of the project, Tracy returns to Oman with Aileen Gonsalves, education practitioner, Artistic Director of Butterfly, and Head of the MA in Acting at Arts Educational School in London. ...

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Worlds Together - Sept 2012

February 26, 2013

It's reunion time as the teachers, students and artists Tracy has been working with over the past year arrive in London for the Worlds Together conference in September 2012, the culminating event of our World Shakespeare Festival education project, Shakespeare: A Worldwide Classroom.

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Brazil - Part 1

February 25, 2013
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With dreams of sashaying along the white sands of Copacabana beach, humming 'The girl from Ipanema', reality hit as I landed in Rio during a torrential rain storm...

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