On Friday 9th December three Post 16 students grasped the opportunity to take part in the Royal Shakespeare Company backstage pass programme. Students were given an insight into the different departments at the RSC; this enabled them to understand the journey a production takes from initial concept to final realisation.
The ‘open day’ involved a tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and an insight into how state of the art stagecraft is being employed by the director Gregory Doran to create a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play ‘The Tempest’. We were able to explore the costume, props and scenic arts department and appreciate the work that goes into a performance prior to it appearing on stage.
Students gained a huge amount of knowledge about how the RSC operates successfully and are eager to begin their four day work experience programme in January. Here they will be assigned to departments and learn the skills and knowledge needed to bring to life a scene in ‘The Other Place’ in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Friday 20th January.