This Friday (23 June) a group of 16-19 year olds are taking part in a technology workshop with the RSC and Samsung, hosted in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Pictured: Students at a recent RSC 'Backstage' work experience workshop
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The 29 students, from 5 different schools and colleges across the UK, will work with actors, filmmakers, directors and training experts to explore how stories are structured and told through theatre and on film.

At the Makers' Lab, the students will stage a scene form Julius Caesar thinking initially about audience perspective and how the scene and staging can change when viewed through 360 technology. They will also film themselves using state of the art Samsung equipment, including the Gear 360 Camera and Gear VR. 

Throughout the day, Samsung's 360 filmmakers will give students practical knowledge on how to create an engaging 360 film - an immersive type of video in which multiple directions are recorded at the same time using specialist cameras.

Pictured: Students at a recent RSC 'Backstage' work experience workshop
Rob Freeman © RSC Browse and license our images

This special event kick starts our call for entries to the Film Challenge, powered by Samsung, in which we are asking students across the country to respond to the themes and ideas from Shakespeare’s Roman plays by creating a short film.

The Film Challenge completes our For the Good of Rome Programme - a series of talks and debates in which invites A-Level learners have been encouraged to think about the relevance of Shakespeare’s plays in 2017.

Participants have been looking at three themes: citizenship, rhetoric and women as leaders. The Film Challenge now asks them to think about these themes further, and respond to them in a creative way using technology.

The students attending the Makers' Lab will leave with skills and inspiration to take forward their ideas for the Film Challenge and put them into practice in a new and powerful way. 

In 2015, our immersive virtual reality app gave students an exciting new way to study Shakespeare.

These events and projects form part of our long-term technology partnership with Samsung and our determination together to engage young people with Shakespeare in new and innovative ways. This 2017 partnership builds on the success of the Re:Shakespeare app in 2015 (pictured), powered by Samsung in association with the RSC. The app used technology to deliver a fun, immersive and completely new approach to Shakespeare’s plays.

Tomorrow's Makers' Lab will be captured through technology and we'll be sharing the attendee's experiences next week. Follow us on Twitter @RSC_Education for updates throughout the day.

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