School children have been asking RSC actors some interesting questions
Written by Terri Brown on May 25, 2020
Article Published on Monday May 25, 2020 5:33 PM by Terri Brown
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With no set date for schools to fully reopen in the UK, thousands of young people and families are continuing to home school and Royal Shakespeare Company actors are offering schoolchildren a helping hand with their homework.
Day 71 of isolation…Homeschooling two children…thank you to anyone with new innovative ideas to keep them learning!!
The #RSCHomeworkHelp initiative has received hundreds of questions from young people studying Shakespeare in the UK and around the world.
Whether its about specific plays, speeches or lines, or about how actors and directors work together – Questions range from ‘do you have any advice for performing on Zoom?’, and ‘how would you update the servants in Romeo and Juliet?’ to ‘if Julius Caesar was a radio play, how would you stage the assassination scene?’ and ‘Which sister is worse, Goneril or Regan?’
Find out what they’ve been asking here.
RSC actors including David Bradley, Paapa Essiedu, Niamh Cusack, Charlotte Arrowsmith and Noma Dumezweni have been helping to answer the questions, including former Dr Who David Tennant, who responded to a question about his favourite Hamlet soliloquy.
The actors, who are currently unable to rehearse or perform, have volunteered to share their tips and answer questions about Shakespeare and drama studies while under lockdown.
Due to the success of the initiative #RSCHomeworkHelp will continue into the summer term and new questions can be sent from June 1 either by email to email@example.com or via twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #RSCHomeworkHelp.
The actors will then respond to the students’ questions through a mixture of written and video responses which will all shared on the RSC website.
The RSC has also launched a package of activity to help support young people of all ages with their learning at home, including a series of Activity Toolkits. Each one has fun 15-minute activities to help unlock the plays’ language, themes, characters and plots.
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