I, Cinna: The Poet
In 2012, RSC Education was able to stream a recorded broadcast of I, Cinna: The Poet, written and directed by Tim Crouch, into schools in the UK. This was advertised an opportunity for schools to engage with Julius Caesar and as a stimulus for creative writing. One of the priorities in making the broadcast available was to allow young people equal access to the arts, regardless of geographical location, and to work with state funded schools in areas of high socio-economic deprivation with little or no prior engagement with the RSC. A number of resources were created around the showing, to support teachers in preparing for the broadcast and to scaffold their creative writing.
I, Cinna: The Poet was broadcast into 187 schools on 2 July 2012, providing teachers and 15,128 students with access to the performance. Of the schools participating, 63% had higher than average SEN, 49% higher than average BME and 31% higher than average FSM. The project then encouraged a creative response from students, who were invited to submit poetry that was produced as a result of engaging with the performance and submit questions for a live Q&A.
What has changed?
I, Cinna: The Poet as a project, engaged 187 schools, 97% of which had no previous connection to the RSC or relationship with our work. 19% of those schools have also gone on to develop a stronger relationship with the RSC, and have interacted with us in numerous other ways since. In verbal feedback, 74% of teachers who engaged with the webcast also claimed that they would “definitely” bring their students to see an RSC production in the future.