Bradford children to benefit from new Alhambra project

Children learning about Shakespeare under the pioneering education scheme

Children learning about Shakespeare under the pioneering education scheme

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Bradford Theatres have been chosen by the Royal Shakespeare Company to be part of a three-year project aiming to change the way Shakespeare is taught and performed in schools.

The RSC recently invited Bradford Theatres to apply to join its Learning and Performance Network.

Following a vigorous application process, the Alhambra has been selected as the only Yorkshire venue to join the programme.

The three-year partnership between regional theatres, schools and the RSC aims to bring about a transformation in the teaching, learning and performance of Shakespeare in schools and to promote young people’s connection with Shakespeare.

It will include a visit to the city from the RSC’s Young People’s Shakespeare performance in 2014. The second year of the programme focuses on schools activities tailored for each area, and the third year culminates in a Shakespeare performance festival.

Jacqui O’Hanlon, RSC director of education, said: “We are delighted that the Alhambra has joined nine other regional theatres to work in partnership with us on the Learning and Performance Network.

“The Alhambra team has an incredibly strong vision for how we can achieve our shared goal of bringing Shakespeare’s work vividly to life in local schools and communities. We look forward to the next three years of work and play, developing a programme that encompasses accredited training for teachers and artists, a touring production of the RSC’s next Young People’s Shakespeare title in 2014, and performance festivals of work created by children and young people in the region.”

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, portfolio holder for employment, skills and culture for Bradford Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for children in Bradford to work closely with one of the most prestigious and respected drama companies in the world.

“To have been selected by the Royal Shakespeare Company is very exciting.

“What they are offering in Bradford will enrich the lives of children in our district, some of whom wouldn't normally be involved in theatre.”

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7:55am Wed 30 Jan 13

JAtkinson says...

What great news! It must be such an honour for Bradford Theatres to be a part of this.

Excellent!
What great news! It must be such an honour for Bradford Theatres to be a part of this. Excellent! JAtkinson
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8:50am Wed 30 Jan 13

Joedavid says...

JAtkinson wrote:
What great news! It must be such an honour for Bradford Theatres to be a part of this.

Excellent!
Yes good news indeed.
Hope the Alhambra as the capacity to put Shakespeare plays on and not to have to turn other shows/plays away as the Alhambra always to have things on its stage and be very successful.
Another thing will be the Odeon/New Victoria theatre restoration will now be needed more.
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: What great news! It must be such an honour for Bradford Theatres to be a part of this. Excellent![/p][/quote]Yes good news indeed. Hope the Alhambra as the capacity to put Shakespeare plays on and not to have to turn other shows/plays away as the Alhambra always to have things on its stage and be very successful. Another thing will be the Odeon/New Victoria theatre restoration will now be needed more. Joedavid
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10:27am Wed 30 Jan 13

Superdoo says...

This is fantastic news - all kids should be taught Shakespeare - no more dumbing down of education standards. I've seen the RSC several times and I can confirm they are superb.
This is fantastic news - all kids should be taught Shakespeare - no more dumbing down of education standards. I've seen the RSC several times and I can confirm they are superb. Superdoo
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1:00pm Wed 30 Jan 13

SinnerSaint says...

Good to see the T&A allowing comments on the biggest and most important stories of the day!
Good to see the T&A allowing comments on the biggest and most important stories of the day! SinnerSaint
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3:08pm Wed 30 Jan 13

single says...

Well remember reading Midsummer nights dream and mackbeth at secondery school. Still remember some lines. Prob a speciaist subject these days. though it wont interest some....init.
Well remember reading Midsummer nights dream and mackbeth at secondery school. Still remember some lines. Prob a speciaist subject these days. though it wont interest some....init. single
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6:34pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Outraged English Subject says...

Brilliant news indeed, best story of the day.
Brilliant news indeed, best story of the day. Outraged English Subject
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9:32pm Wed 30 Jan 13

yorky21 says...

The council cant regenerate the town but RSC and Alhambra can regenerate the soul and spirit of some of the disaffected and bored children in our schools. This could breed a new stable of actors to add to the many who came up through the old Civic Playhouse in the 50s and 60s. Music (as in the Halle subscription concerts) and great drama have always been at the heart of this city. Maybe all our councillors should attend RSC workshops and open their blinkered, short sighted minds to reality - because this is what Shakespeare talks about in all his plays - as do Verdi and Puccini in all their Operas.
The council cant regenerate the town but RSC and Alhambra can regenerate the soul and spirit of some of the disaffected and bored children in our schools. This could breed a new stable of actors to add to the many who came up through the old Civic Playhouse in the 50s and 60s. Music (as in the Halle subscription concerts) and great drama have always been at the heart of this city. Maybe all our councillors should attend RSC workshops and open their blinkered, short sighted minds to reality - because this is what Shakespeare talks about in all his plays - as do Verdi and Puccini in all their Operas. yorky21
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