The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has confirmed that they are visiting schools and other venues in Rotherham this autumn.
The visit to Rotherham is part of the RSC’s nationwide tour of ‘Hamlet‘ to schools and theatre venues, and starts a new way of reaching audiences who may not normally have access to their work.
There will be daytime performances in schools for young people, and evening and weekend performances that are aimed at families and the wider community.
Two evening and weekend performances will be held at the Magna Science & Adventure Centre on Friday 7 October at 7.30pm and Saturday 8 October at 2pm.
Most of the visits to the schools will be followed by a schools workshop, led by the actors, and a Q&A session should also accompany the performances.
Benefiting young people
The tour marks a special occasion for the RSC because, although they have visited schools in Rotherham before, it is the first time that they have visited the town as part of a nationwide tour.
It is part of the RSC’s Learning and Performance Network – which aims to provide schools with a sustained relationship with the RSC, provide innovative and professional development opportunities for teachers, and ensures that all students within the programme has a positive experience of Shakespeare.
The visit to the town will be co-presented by Inspire Rotherham, which is a local authority that aims to ensure that young people in Rotherham are accurate and fluent in literacy, oracy and written skills by the age of 11 years.
Inspire Rotherham have helped to put the RSC into contact with various schools in Rotherham and the tour will introduce young people to texts by Shakespeare.
It is also hoped that it will further young people’s learning and development in the future.
“When I went to call Inspire [Rotherham], they are very excited and the schools have been brilliant,” said Lizzie Rawlinson, the RSC’s Education Partnerships Co-Ordinator.
“They are thrilled to have us and we are thrilled, as well. Everyone is excited about this new way of working.
“It’s been great: ticket sales have been going well, children are excited, and Magna have done a great job in getting families involved.
“It has been 100% successful, so far. They will get the opportunity of seeing a professional production in a venue that is accessible.
“They can’t always visit productions in Rotherham and Sheffield, and this will give them the opportunity to see a production on their doorstep.
“They’re a great introduction to Shakespeare and it doesn’t matter if they’re not into Shakespeare, as they are great for families and children.”
Tickets for the RSC’s performances at the Magna Science & Adventure Centre are available to the public, and tickets cost £10 per adult and £5 per child.
They can be booked via Magna’s box office on their website or 01709 720002.
This news story was self-published in August 2011.