Learning Lines

Our inspirational journey in education to bring young people and Shakespeare closer together.

Hannah Young

Hannah Young  is an actor and educational practitioner. She was a member of the Long Ensemble acting company with the RSC from 2009-2011. She is currently Director Mentor for the Hull schools in our Learning and Performance Network (LPN).

Jacqui O'Hanlon

Jacqui O'Hanlon  is our Director of Education. She's been an education practitioner for over 20 years working with children and young people of all ages and their teachers.

Student blogger

Guest blogger : students, teachers and members of the RSC Education team speak directly about their experiences.

The Head That Wears a Crown: Rehearsal Diaries - Day 7

March 30, 2015

An amazing session at Frederick Holmes School. I was made aware of the level of physical disabilities in the group by the lead teachers before I arrived, and my main concern was how we would use the communication aids the students need within the piece.

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The World's Largest Shakespeare Classroom: Bringing the RSC to our school

March 20, 2015
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By the third broadcast, of Henry IV Part II, I had learnt to provide more biscuits at the interval, it is truly amazing how many chocolate bourbons your average teenager can eat!

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The World's Largest Shakespeare Classroom: Engineering Broadcast Success

March 19, 2015
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Tim Rehman makes the broadcast play across the UK - he needs to makes sure it doesn't stop working and get it back up and running straight away if it does break down.

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The World's Largest Shakespeare Classroom: Delivering the Broadcast

March 17, 2015
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After four broadcasts and over 60,000 students seeing a live stream of an RSC production, you would think that we were very much into a regular pattern of how we deliver a live broadcast to schools.

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The World's Largest Shakespeare Classroom: streaming Shakespeare

March 13, 2015
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How Ravensbourne College students gain a huge educational benefit from working on our Schools Broadcasts.

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The Head That Wears a Crown: Rehearsal Diaries - Day 5

March 13, 2015
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Using freeze frames to move the story on.

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The World's Largest Shakespeare Classroom: Before the 'Show'

March 12, 2015
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While watching your favourite television programme you have probably never thought about what goes on months back before it gets on your television at home.

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The World's Largest Shakespeare Classroom: Changing Perceptions

March 6, 2015
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Here I am on a warm sunny day on 6 June 2014, in a classroom at a large secondary school in Birmingham with a mixed age group of students from Years 9-11, about to watch Henry IV Part I.

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The Head That Wears a Crown: Rehearsal Diaries - Day 4

March 5, 2015
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Pupils from South Holderness Technology College have made real strides in their piece and their students are working very well as an ensemble.

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The Head that Wears a Crown: Rehearsal Diaries - Day 3

March 5, 2015
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We gave Hotspur free range to take the stage as he wants during his speech to the audience after the meeting has adjourned… maybe even climbing on the to desk in his excitement to wage war.

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