A celebration of young people and their creativity across the country.


Each year schools across the country young people create performances through the Associate Schools Programme. These Playmaking Festivals take place in schools, theatre across the country and here in Stratford-upon-Avon.

This work is deeply routed in the artistic practice of our company. Young people and their teachers approach these texts as our actors do; something to be explored and understood together as we create performance. 

In the National Playmaking Festival, here in Stratford-upon-Avon, young people from Cornwall to Cumbria, Blackpool to Hull, come together to celebrate their work with  Shakespeare in one of our theatres here in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Playmaking Festivals also take place up and down the country in Associate Regional Theatres and Lead Associate Schools performing to their local communities.


This year students in our Associate and Local schools will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of  Shakespeare's First Folio. 

Follow the RSC Learning Twitter and #PlaymakingFestival to see what our schools have been working on.

Playmaking Pasts

Check out some of the production images from Playmaking Festivals past below.

The work of the RSC Learning and National Partnerships department is generously supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Clore Duffield Foundation, The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, GRoW @ Annenberg, The Polonsky Foundation, Stratford Town Trust, The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, Teale Charitable Trust, The Grimmitt Trust and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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