Becky from our Nottingham group catches her breath from the Green Room halfway through her first performance on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.

Becky is performing in Henry VI: Rebellion as part of the Nottingham Theatre Royal Shakespeare Nation group. A mum to two young daughters, mildly obsessed with castles and medieval England, Becky runs a family business in Nottingham with her sister. She recently completed a two-year Exec MBA, which taught her to push more out of her comfort zone to maximise her experience of life, and so she applied to be a rebel.

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Shakespeare Nation and the Rebels

Seventy-four adults from Blackpool, Bradford, Canterbury, Cornwall, Norwich and Nottingham, appear alongside the professional cast in our show Henry VI: Rebellion. They are part of Shakespeare Nation, our community participation programme run with our partner theatres, aimed at people with little or no experience of Shakespeare, either as a theatre-goer or performer. They play the roles of working people who take part in the rebellion led by the character of Jack Cade against Henry VI, and townsfolk when the king is out hunting.

The Shakespeare Nation adult engagement work is generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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