The Royal Shakespeare Company is dedicated to bringing the Bard’s work to life and making Shakespeare vivid, accessible and enjoyable for young people aged 5-25.
As part of this we were asked to produce, film and edit a series of films to help students studying Shakespeare at GCSE and A-Level.
Working with the directors and cast of some of the RSC's productions over the last few years, we have created a range of innovative educational videos which now form part of the RSC's newly launched 'Shakespeare Learning Zone'
The films are comprised of three different types: 'Key Scene Films', 'Definition Films' and 'Decoding Films.'
Key Scene Films explore some of the most well known and pivotal scenes of Shakespeare's plays examining different ways in which they might be played. The director and actors put the scene in context and then discuss what the characters are going through at that stage.
They then explore and act out different ways of treating the scene, reflecting on their performance and thoughts afterwards.
Definition Films explore terminology that scholars of Shakespeare should be aware of such as Iambic Pentameter, looking at examples in his work and exploring what it brings to the language of the plays and actors' performance of them.
'Decoding Films' involve the director and actors working together to really explore the structure, words and language of a scene and explore how different methods of rehearsal can change the meaning and cadence of it and how a new understanding can inform their performance.
To date we've been fortunate enough to work on Hamlet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar.
We've worked with some of the RSC's incredibly talented actors and directors including the company's Artistic Director and Deputy Artistic Director.