Shakespeare School will double in size this year - but not one local
teacher will be involved in the project.
will be 60 teachers and arts educators from across the country joining
with the RSC and Shakespeare scholars and guest artists.
new system is said to ‘deepen and enrich’ the work of the Prince
of Wales Shakespeare School by having all-year contact with those
taking part after they have left Stratford.
aim of the summer school is to introduce the educators to new ways of
taking Shakespeare with specialised workshops, working with the
Shakespeare Institute and Birthplace Trust; introductions to RSC
Summer Festival season productions, use of IT, and confidence building
to develop different creative routes into Shakespeare’s work.
Venables, RSC Director of Education, said:
is now accepted that it is not appropriate to teach Shakespeare
solely as literature. A student's grasp of the language is greatly
enhanced through an understanding of the text as performance.
plays a crucial role in uncovering the great rewards that
Shakespeare can offer.
“There are many parallels between working with Shakespeare as
actors and directors and working with Shakespeare as teachers. These
can also provide an inspiring route into teaching Shakespeare.
“By doubling the number of people taking part in
the school and through the new network system, the Prince of Wales
Shakespeare School will provide long term support to those exploring
Shakespeare with young people."