Students at Welcombe Hills School used tailored technology to explore themes, characters and scenes in Romeo and Juliet.

We recently teamed up with Samsung Electronics UK to bring Romeo and Juliet to life for 181 students from Welcombe Hills special school in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Over two days, the students explored the play's themes, characters and key scenes using technology specially tailored to their individual needs. They experienced the text and engaged in the world of the play through the eyes of different characters, helped by our Education Associate Practitioners.

Students used Samsung Gear 360 cameras to film moments from the play, with immersive VR headsets putting them in the heart of the action. They had a go at digital costume design and created their very own text-based soundscapes using music editing apps on Samsung Galaxy tablets. 

The students also took part in a range of classroom-based tasks, including mask-masking and designing invitations for the Capulet ball, with some activities even taking place in the school's hydrotherapy pool.

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Actor Andrew French works with a student.
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Welcombe Hills School supports young people aged 3-19 who have a range of additional needs and is the first Lead Special School in our Associate Schools Programme, which aims to widen access to Shakespeare’s work, live theatre and theatre-making. After the visit, the students joined pupils from other Associate Schools around the country to present their work as part of our Playmaking Festival.

Jo Bradley, Assistant Headteacher at Welcombe Hills School, said, “The Romeo and Juliet takeover was a true collaboration where we were able to explore how technology can play a part in engaging pupils with Shakespeare’s work. Pupils of all ages and abilities were immersed in the world of the play: each classroom became a different setting in the play, and actors and teachers worked in role. It was a truly memorable experience which saw an increase in pupil engagement and communication.”

Watch the video below to find out more about our work with Samsung and the many ways it can enrich students' lives and education:

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