ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY AND SAMSUNG ANNOUNCE NEW EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP
Power, gender, the use of rhetoric: the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) calls on young people to debate some of the key issues facing society today at the first of three conferences for 16-19 year olds and announces a new digital education partnership with Samsung Electronics.
Using technology to inspire a new generation through Shakespeare’s plays, the partnership kicks off with For The Good of Rome, three conferences in Stratford-upon-Avon and an accompanying online engagement programme for young people.
With Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra (currently playing as part of the RSC’s Rome season in Stratford-upon-Avon) as a backdrop, For The Good of Rome focuses on citizenship, political rhetoric and the role of women in positions of power. Young people can sign up to live broadcasts of selected panel discussions from the conferences and submit questions directly to the speakers via social media.
In addition to the conferences, the RSC and Samsung will invite young people to use the inspiration of the Roman plays and the conference provocations to produce their own creative responses in a unique Film Challenge. Young creatives will have the opportunity to make and submit short form film content, including using the latest 360˚ technology with the Samsung Gear 360, with Samsung experts and RSC artists on hand to offer top tips and advice via an online tutorial. Full details about the Film Challenge will be announced in due course.
The partnership builds on the success of the launch of the Re:Shakespeare app* in 2015, powered by Samsung in association with the RSC. Fronted by David Tennant, the app uses technology to deliver a fun, immersive and completely new approach to Shakespeare’s plays, allowing the RSC and Samsung to engage with young people as artistic makers.
For further information on For The Good of Rome, visit www.rsc.org.uk/education.
For further information about RSC Education and its work, including For The Good of Rome, contact Jane Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org
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*RE:Shakespeare is free to download on Google Play and can be found on the Samsung Electronics UK Channel or by searching for RE:Shakespeare. Download the app here: http://bitly.com/1eUXyHc
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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About Samsung’s Citizenship Programmes
Samsung is committed to help close the digital divide and skills gap in the UK. Samsung Digital Classrooms in schools, charities/non-profit organisations and cultural partners provide access to the latest technology. Samsung is also providing the training and maintenance support necessary to help make the transition and integration of the new technology as smooth as possible. Samsung also offers qualifications and training in technology for young people and teachers through its Digital Academies in London and Birmingham. These initiatives will inspire young people, staff and teachers to learn and teach in new exciting ways and to help encourage young people into careers using technology. Find out more: www.samsung.com/uk/citizenship.
About the Royal Shakespeare Company
The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world.
We encourage everyone to enjoy a lifelong relationship with Shakespeare and live theatre. We produce an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers. We have trained generations of the very best theatre makers and we continue to nurture the talent of the future.
Through our Education work we transform experiences of Shakespeare for children and young people.
Our approach is rooted in a 130 year history of making theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and sharing that wealth of skills and knowledge with teachers and students all over the world. We build long term relationships with school, teachers and communities and particularly those who have the least access to Shakespeare, the RSC and cultural provision.
We became the first UK theatre to broadcast its productions directly into schools and classrooms up and down the country.
We work in over 14 countries world-wide and with around 500,000 young people every year.