Since April 2005 the RSC have been talking to a huge number of different people about the building project in order to gather their opinion.
- Community Group
- Following on from the success of the Community Forum a new Community Group was formed. Chaired by Sir Brian Follett, the group includes residents, members of the RSC Youth Council and interested parties.
- Community Forum 2005 - 2006
- The Community Forum was established in June 2005 and ran until December 2006, commenting on the design stage of the project. It included representatives from different groups in the local community and was chaired by Sir Brian Follett.
- Formal programme of public consultation
- The RSC contracted Opinion Leader Research to conduct a formal programme of independent consultation as part of the project. OLR are research specialists with experience of working with people from all walks of life. The RSC teamed up with OLR to conduct some qualitative research with audiences, residents and business owners in Stratford-upon-Avon.
- Community Days
- Five Community Days were set up to give residents of Stratford-upon-Avon district the opportunity to find out more about the proposed changes to the theatre and also to chat to the Project Team about their thoughts on the plans for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
- Heritage Open Days
- The RSC took part in the Heritage Open Days in September, a nationwide event arranged by The Civic Trust which gave over 120 people the chance to tour the theatre and discuss early plans for the transformation of the theatre.
- Theatre Memories – schools project
- Schoolchildren from four Stratford-upon-Avon schools have been working with the RSC to find out what different groups in the community think about the Company and the need to change the theatre. The findings from the project will go towards a support pack for all schools to help them with their citizenship teaching.
- The RSC works with many different artists each year, many of who have worked on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage. Their opinions are valuable and the Company are working with them to make sure the facilities back stage can be brought up to standard.
If you want to have your say you can email email@example.com or write to RSC Communications, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Courtyard Theatre, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB.