Blogs written by the RSC Education Team, our acting and creative companies, teachers, children and young people as we explore our inspirational journey in education.

A supportive and unforgettable experience

A supportive and unforgettable experience

17 August 2017

A Year 10 Student from St Benedict's High School in Warwickshire reflects on being part of the 2017 Playmaking Festival.

The Children Speak

The Children Speak

19 May 2017

“On both performances I was nervous but I still went on…. After the performances I was really proud of myself”

Would I do it again? Yes I would

Would I do it again? Yes I would

18 May 2017

A few thoughts to pull it all together. Were the children brilliant? Yes, that says it all. Would I do it again? Yes in a shot I am already thinking about next year.

Tuesday: The day of two performances

Tuesday: The day of two performances

15 May 2017

Tuesday: The day of two performances, the last two after six weeks of trials and tribulations and no small element of fun.

Herding Cats

Herding Cats

9 May 2017

Performance Week! Monday morning - first real crisis. We were going to have a full run through and I got the message that Sabrina had gone to Africa on holiday, so no Quince! What to do? Stay calm and make sure pupils stayed calm

A Sprinkling of Fairy Dust

A Sprinkling of Fairy Dust

5 May 2017

The rehearsals that week started to come together. On Monday we had unit 24 nailed. On Monday morning we also had the choir for the first time and they fitted in as if they had always been there, the only issue with them was they needed to face the audience not watch the play (which they wanted to do) but it was always thus.

A costume, my kingdom for a costume

A costume, my kingdom for a costume

2 May 2017

Week 5: Running out of time. This was the week where rehearsals went through that sticky stage when nothing seems to be improving and everyone is getting disillusioned. I knew it would pick up but obviously as it was the children’s first time they didn’t and needed a lot of cajoling.

Nobody said it was easy

Nobody said it was easy

27 April 2017

So to the actors and rehearsals..We had three sessions a week to rehearse. Monday and Friday from 1:30pm after lunch was cleared away until 2:45pm. Wednesday we had until 3:15pm. Or so I thought…

Getting Practical

Getting Practical

24 April 2017

So dear reader, the bit you are probably most interested in, how we actually put on the play..

To cast or not to cast

To cast or not to cast

21 April 2017

In terms of casting there were far more girls than boys in the year groups and the girls were confident, outgoing and more of them wanted to act. I employed some creativity and gender swapped a lot of the roles with most of the workmen (rustics) becoming girls and we had a female Puck

Starting the journey

Starting the journey

18 April 2017

Teacher Andy Smith talks about the planning and development of Dream 2016 at Langland Community School

A moment of serendipity

A moment of serendipity

21 April 2017

Teaching is like the army, never volunteer for anything, so why did I?

It’s going to be an incredible journey

It’s going to be an incredible journey

31 January 2017

Actor Oliver Towse blogs about his experiences as a member of the First Encounters: The Tempest company as the play tours England

Finding the True Magic

Finding the True Magic

28 January 2016

Luke from Montgomery High School talks about his experience of a Learning and Performance Network (LPN) A Midsummer Night's Dream training weekend.

The World's Largest Shakespeare Classroom:The Day of the Broadcast part 2

The World's Largest Shakespeare Classroom:The Day of the Broadcast part 2

13 October 2015

Leigh Wolmarans Headteacher at Lings Primary School talks to us about schools preparing for the day of the RSC's Schools' Broadcast.

The World's Largest Shakespeare Classroom: Preparing for the Broadcasts part 1

The World's Largest Shakespeare Classroom: Preparing for the Broadcasts part 1

25 September 2015

Leigh Wolmarans Headteacher at Lings Primary School gives schools some handy tips for preparing for the RSC's Schools' Broadcast

First Encounters The Famous Victories of Henry V: The Game's Afoot

First Encounters The Famous Victories of Henry V: The Game's Afoot

19 May 2015

Martin Bassindale is an actor and is a member of the Famous Victories company. He plays the role of Hal. He writes about the first week of rehearsals

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

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

8 June 2015

Martin Bassindale is an actor and is a member of the Famous Victories company. He plays the role of Hal. Here he talks about the final week of rehearsals

First Encounters The Famous Victories of Henry V: Unknowing the Story

First Encounters The Famous Victories of Henry V: Unknowing the Story

30 June 2015

Martin Bassindale is an actor and is a member of the Famous Victories company. He plays the role of Hal. Here he talks about being two weeks into the tour.

Whose Culture?

Whose Culture?

30 September 2015

Speech given by Jacqui O'Hanlon, RSC Director of Education. Focusing on relationships with schools and cultural education

Zip, Zap, Slap and the Arts of the Stealth Ninja

Zip, Zap, Slap and the Arts of the Stealth Ninja

11 June 2015

Lizzie Hopley - an actor, writer and education practitioner - feels the fear and does it anyway as she leads her first Education Workshop.

My favourite question that never gets old

My favourite question that never gets old

15 March 2017

Actor Oliver Towse blogs about his experiences as a member of the First Encounters: The Tempest company as the play tours England

It's ok to not understand

It's ok to not understand

13 April 2017

Actor Oliver Towse blogs about his experiences as a member of the First Encounters: The Tempest company as the play tours England

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