Bard goes to school

Montgomery High School is to be partnered with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Montgomery High School is to be partnered with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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Secondary school classrooms will be transformed to mimic theatre rehearsal spaces in a bid to enhance children’s learning of Shakespeare.

Stand-up Shakespeare is soon to be taught in seven of the resort’s schools after Montgomery High School won a prestigious partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

Classrooms will become like RSC rehearsal rooms as teachers are encouraged to lead classes using techniques similar to those used by actors, directors and producers working on staging Shakespeare’s most famous works.

The academy in Bispham will be a hub for other schools – including primary – in the resort to work with the RSC and the Grand Theatre to enhance children’s first experiences of Shakespeare’s work.

It will allow them to learn about Shakespeare earlier and watch it performed live.

Montgomery headteacher Simon Brennand said: “We are thrilled and very proud to receive this designation from the Royal Shakespeare Company for the next three years.

“This accolade reinforces the outstanding quality of the work of Montgomery students and staff in the expressive arts and will bring amazing new educational opportunities for our students and the whole community.”

The All Hallows Road school is one of only six in the UK to be awarded this status to work with the Grand Theatre Blackpool and be a part of the RSC’s three-year Learning and Performance Network.

The RSC’s manifesto, Stand Up For Shakespeare, calls for children to ‘do Shakespeare on their feet, see it live, and start it earlier’.

As part of Montgomery High School’s partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company a production specifically created for younger audiences will be brought to the resort in spring 2014 and schools will have chance to work with staff and actors from the RSC.

In 2016 the schools, along with the RSC and Grand Theatre, will create a children’s Shakespeare performance festival at the town centre theatre.