Register now for our next free Schools' Broadcast

Not every school can make the journey to Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, but if you can't come to us, our free live broadcasts will bring our shows into your classroom.

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The following Schools' Broadcasts are coming up in the 19/20 academic year: 

Macbeth - Thursday 5 March 2020 (another chance to see our 2018 production!)

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Thu 05 Mar 2020

What happens in a broadcast?

Each of our free Schools' Broadcasts takes place at a set time and date, with schools all over the country logging in to a special website. We also have a BSL interpreted version of the broadcasts to make sure they are accessible to D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing students.

The broadcasts start with a live introduction from our studio and include activities for students to help them engage with the production and get the most from the experience. The play itself is broken up into three parts, rather than the usual two, with further student activities between each section and live Q&As with actors from the company.

Throughout the broadcast schools can use Twitter or the special message function on the broadcast site to suggest questions for the actors. We will also provide an On the Day Broadcast Guide which offers discussion topics and questions for each part as well as some suggested activities. The broadcast ends with a final Q&A.

Preparing students for the broadcast

Our research tells us that preparing young people to watch the broadcast greatly increases their engagement and enjoyment. We believe that using rehearsal room approaches to Shakespeare in the classroom can help students of all ages and abilities gain a meaningful connection with his work. Our range of Teacher Packs draw on this approach and allow young people to explore and experience Shakespeare's language themes and ideas in practical and exciting ways.

Did you know that we also have an upcoming Live Lesson of Macbeth? This is a fantastic follow-up to the Schools' Broadcast, as it allows students to go behind the scenes and see how RSC actors approach the text. Register for free today.

Materials for the upcoming broadcasts will be made available here. 

FAQ - Schools' Broadcast

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