University of Birmingham Masterclasses with the RSC

Find out what Shakespeare and Creativity students have been experiencing in masterclasses with RSC Practitioners on writing and directing.

Writing Masterclass

In April this year, as part of our collaboration with the University of Birmingham, MA Shakespeare and Creativity students took part in a Writing Workshop with RSC Literary Manager, Becky Latham.

The students embarked on a series of writing and devising exercises throughout the session, ranging from sensory explorations of pivotal Shakespeare scenes to combining their own writing as a group.

The students created their own Shakespeare-inspired devised pieces, which were performed at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in June. They came away from the workshop with new ideas and techniques to put into practice when creating their own performance.

MA student Chloe Otterson

One of the most exciting parts of the Shakespeare Institute’s Shakespeare and Creativity MA is getting the opportunity to work with practitioners from the RSC…the writing workshop challenged us to take ownership of Shakespeare’s characters as artists ourselves in an intentional, thoughtful manner and I look forward to working with the RSC more in the future.


Read Chloe's blog on her experience of the Writing Workshop


Directing Masterclass

The Writing Masterclass is part of the Shakespeare Ensemble module, which also involved the MA Shakespeare and Creativity students taking part in a Directing Masterclass led by RSC Director and Practitioner, Kimberley Sykes.

Students were asked to devise a new play, responding to Shakespeare, which fitted the brief of ‘talking back to Shakespeare, talking to the 21st century’.

The students took part in a range of exercises with Kim, working together to learn to devise a piece that connected directly to modern times, while using Shakespeare’s texts as source material.

MA student Paige Calvert

She [Kim] met us with an open heart and full mind at where we were at in our project and tangibly supported and inspired our journey as we made this new, creative endeavour as a company…Without the University of Birmingham’s connections with the Royal Shakespeare Company, this collaboration and learning could not have been possible. The Shakespeare Institute provides me with such opportunities that are unlike any other graduate program I know.


Read Paige’s blog documenting her day spent at the Directing Workshop


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