Royal Shakespeare Community Blog

Meet our community across the UK who help us keep Shakespeare's work alive.

When we temporarily closed the doors of our theatres in March, we invited our audiences from across the local, national and global community to play their part in keeping Shakespeare’s work alive. This blog series introduces some of the members of our community and shares what Shakespeare and theatre means to them in the places where they live, work and study.

 

Sasha the Rebel

Sasha the Rebel

21 March 2022

Sasha explains how being part of Shakespeare Nation has brought her back to the stage and the world of theatre.

A unique pair of rebels

A unique pair of rebels

27 April 2022

Angela and Emerode are both performing in Henry VI: Rebellion. In a first for the show, these rebels are a teacher and student from the same school.

Aamer the Rebel

Aamer the Rebel

21 March 2022

Aamer talks about being part of Norwich's Shakespeare Nation group and preparing to take to the stage in Henry VI: Rebellion.

The end of the rebellion

The end of the rebellion

4 April 2022

Becky from our Nottingham Shakespeare Nation group prepares to say goodbye to Henry VI: Rebellion before taking to the stage one last time.

Wendy the Rebel

Wendy the Rebel

21 March 2022

Shakespeare Nation participant Wendy talks about getting involved with the Blackpool group and being part of Henry VI: Rebellion.

Martyn the Rebel

Martyn the Rebel

18 March 2022

"Shocked to find myself on the cast list" - Martyn talks about his experiences as one of Henry VI's rebels.

Where I belong

Where I belong

6 April 2022

In his second blog, Corin tells his personal story of how theatre turned his life around after the death of a beloved uncle.

Fresh from the rebellion

Fresh from the rebellion

4 April 2022

Becky from our Nottingham Shakespeare Nation group catches her breath in the Green Room halfway through her first performance of Henry VI: Rebellion.

Corin the Rebel

Corin the Rebel

21 March 2022

The best is yet to come - Corin from Bradford describes his journey to become part of Henry VI: Rebellion.

Becky the Rebel

Becky the Rebel

18 March 2022

Seventy-four Shakespeare Nation participants will perform in Henry VI: Rebellion. Becky from Nottingham talks about preparing to act at the RSC.

Kelly the Rebel

Kelly the Rebel

24 March 2022

Kelly from Bradford talks about how her 'incredible journey' with Shakespeare Nation has given her confidence and an appreciation of Shakespeare.

THREADS Young People Programme

THREADS Young People Programme

24 February 2022

Freya shares their experiences and what they learned from taking part in the THREADS Young People Programme.

Creating a safe space for learning

Creating a safe space for learning

11 February 2022

Hannah Young shares her experience of working with the RSC in one of our local, SEN Associate Schools.

Shakespeare as a springboard for working with young people

Shakespeare as a springboard for working with young people

18 January 2022

Leigh Wolmarans shares how his passion for Shakespeare has influenced his work with young people and how Silhouette Youth Theatre has become involved with the RSC

Turning my opinion of Shakespeare around

Turning my opinion of Shakespeare around

12 January 2022

Leigh Wolmarans tells us how he went from a Shakespeare sceptic to a Shakespeare advocate.

From our Shakespeare Ambassadors

From our Shakespeare Ambassadors

6 December 2021

Batman or Shakespeare? Our Bradford Shakespeare Ambassador, Ellie, gives an update on how the ambassadors in her school have been sharing Shakespeare.

Youth Advisory Board Reading Group

Youth Advisory Board Reading Group

26 November 2021

Izzy from our Youth Advisory Board (YAB), meets other members to read and reflect on plays by diverse playwrights.

What theatre means to me

What theatre means to me

28 September 2020

In our final blog of the series, three young women share what theatre means to them and their vision for what it should be in the future.

Andrew in Stratford and beyond

Andrew in Stratford and beyond

6 October 2020

Actor Andrew French talks about some of the good things that have come out of lockdown.

Freya in York

Freya in York

29 September 2020

On theatre, missing theatre and why lockdown felt like 'having endless post-show blues.'

Rufaro in Stratford-upon-Avon

Rufaro in Stratford-upon-Avon

22 September 2020

"It is imperative that we show the next generation that they have other options for their future careers." Rufaro describes his hopes for theatre in the future.

Ella in Hull

Ella in Hull

15 September 2020

"I have often been the only black person in a room of actors" - young actor Ella describes what she hopes to achieve as a member of our Youth Advisory Board.

James in Stratford-upon-Avon

James in Stratford-upon-Avon

8 September 2020

“It’s the moment when a young person gets it for the first time – they realise it’s not just posh old fashioned poetry.”

Azita in Birmingham

Azita in Birmingham

1 September 2020

“Schools are having to adapt significantly and it’s an incredible comfort knowing that we have the RSC supporting us in this new educational challenge.”

Beccy in Blackpool

Beccy in Blackpool

25 August 2020

I can’t wait until I can step through those doors, take my seat, wait for the lights to go down, the audience to hush, and the curtain to rise…

Sayana in Northampton

Sayana in Northampton

18 August 2020

RSC Youth Advisory Board member Sayana talks about the Board's work and the importance of the arts for herself and other young people.

Joseph in Stratford and beyond

Joseph in Stratford and beyond

13 August 2020

Actor Joseph Kloska reflects on lockdown, working with our Education team, and how his dream of playing Leontes at the RSC is still very much alive.

Emma in Cumbria

Emma in Cumbria

30 July 2020

"We will have Shakespeare on the stage in our school again“. The headteacher of Dowdales School, Cumbria describes how the school fared through the pandemic and what the future holds.

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