Learning Lines

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

Martin Bassindale

Martin Bassindale  is an actor and is a member of the Famous Victories company. He plays the role of Hal.

Sophie Hobson

Sophie Hobson  is the RSC's Education Programme Developer, helping create the education programme alongside the plays in the Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatres and on tour.

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.

First Encounters The Famous Victories of Henry V: 'the game's afoot'

May 19, 2015
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We're bringing magic to 'muggles'. Just because you weren't born into Shakespeare or your parents weren't Shakespearean professors doesn't mean you can't connect with Shakespearean theatre.

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First Encounters: The Famous Victories of Henry V

May 15, 2015
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Life inside an RSC rehearsal room sure is entertaining. Over this first week we have begun to create a battlefield in France, explored some curious boxes with lots of hidden treasures, learnt a war song in a round, shared funny and sad stories, played a lot of games and become generally fitter.

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The World's largest Shakespeare classroom: 'He will help thee in thy need'

May 11, 2015
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Education Co-ordinators Sarah-Katy and Holly describe the build-up to broadcast day: "It's how I imagine an actor must feel before opening night, we've put months of work in to ensuring schools have the best experience possible and it's just a case of waiting until curtain up to see if it's all come together!"

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O this learning what a thing it is: On being a MOOC mentor

May 5, 2015
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I spent five weeks working as an Education Resources Assistant in RSC Education. My main role was acting as the mentor for the MOOC. The responsibilities of a MOOC mentor, as I found out, involved inciting discussions, answering questions from participants and just generally ensuring the smooth running of the course.

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The World's Largest Shakespeare Classroom: 'Do you question me..?'

May 5, 2015
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My first time in the Gallery (this is where the production team sit and control the streaming) was like being on the flight deck of the Starship Enterprise.

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'O this learning, what a thing it is!'

April 27, 2015
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Making an education strategy: how we developed our mission for working with schools, teachers and young people

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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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