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

Each year, in 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. 

Playmaking Festivals 2024

In the National Playmaking Festival, here in Stratford-upon-Avon, young people from across our Associate Schools, will come together to celebrate their work with Shakespeare in the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, with a performance of Hamlet.

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


The Wood of Words or In Every Leaf

Wood of Words 2

In the National Playmaking Festival, 2023, 265 young people performed a brand-new production celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the Wood of Words, written especially for the Playmaking Festival by Chris White and Hannah Khalil.


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, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Clore Duffield Foundation, Foyle Foundation, GRoW @ Annenberg, The Polonsky Foundation, The Mackintosh Foundation, Stratford Town Trust, LSEG Foundation, The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, John S Cohen Foundation, HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust, Teale Charitable Trust, The Grimmitt Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, The Oakley Charitable Trust, Misses Barrie Charitable Trust, and The Wyfold Charitable Trust

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