We are pleased and excited by the prospect of working with the Royal Shakespeare company and the Curve Theatre [Leicester] in a three year partnership representing the east midlands region.
This is a tremendous privilege and opportunity for us to work with professional companies and to help support our local primary and secondary schools through the skills and experiences which our staff have gained working with them.
Our students will also fully benefit from this experience –visiting and performing both at The Curve and in Stratford at The Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre. In addition we hope that through the skills gained we will be able to offer performances to the local community which reflect the support and coaching that both organisations will be able to provide.
Taming of the Shrew
We were delighted to host the RSC topsy-turvy production of the feisty Taming of the Shrew on 4th and 5th March. More than 1,000 students from TCOLC and local primary and secondary schools had the opportunity to experience theatre of the highest order on their doorstep.
In addition to the three performances in school-time, we also hosted a sell-out community performance in the evening for more than 300 people. For many of them, it was their first opportunity to see a Shakespeare play live.
The RSC production came to us as part of the first year of our three year partnership with the RSC and Curve to help transform children’s first experiences of Shakespeare, and improve the teaching of Shakespeare in local schools. This production has set the groundwork for the next two years of Shakespeare performances within college and, in collaboration with Curve, within the local community.
The Famous Victories of Henry V
We were delighted to have hosted another production by the RSC which was a perfect introduction to Shakespeare for anyone aged 8 and upwards. The City of Leicester College students and the local primary schools all had the opportunity to experience this thrilling coming-of-age story following Prince Hal’s epic journey into adulthood, from a life of scandal, parties, friendships and rebellion to new responsibility and glorious victory as the once famous prince becomes the brave and noble King Henry V.
Using Shakespeare’s original language, a company of 7 actors brought some of Shakespeare’s iconic speeches and characters to life in this action-packed production which lasted 90 minutes including a 20 minute introduction to the world of play.