A Marlowe story: The Teachers

Photo from The Dream: Met By Moonlight, with students from Canterbury High School

Photo from The Dream: Met By Moonlight, with students from Canterbury High School

The Canterbury High School has worked closely with The Marlowe Theatre on a variety of learning and participation projects over the last 10 years.

"The last three years have seen a real uplift and intensification of our relationship, having worked together as Lead School and Regional Theatre for the Royal Shakespeare Company Learning And Performance Network. In this time, the support has been invaluable in achieving our aims of professionalising the experience our children receive. We have increased participation in theatre and attendance at shows as well as developing high quality, unique backstage training opportunities for our Youth Ambassadors, using the wealth of knowledge and skills present in The Marlowe staff team.

Our work together is invaluable, bringing us closer to our community and supporting our performing arts pillar of excellence. We are linking in an ever more co-ordinated manner, tying in schemes of work to upcoming touring shows and developing further outreach programmes as we take on the role of RSC Lead Associate School and cannot wait to see what experiences the next two years will bring."

Rebecca Huckle, Director of Extended Services, Canterbury High School

"Since our school joined with The Marlowe as our partner theatre in association with The Royal Shakespeare Company, we have enjoyed fantastic support and benefited from a wide range of opportunities for our students, our staff and our RSC Learning And Performance network of schools.

Many of our INSET opportunities have been hosted at The Marlowe, which has really given our team of teachers the space to develop their work unfettered from their school environments. These have always been well organised, welcoming events leading to a real sense of inspiration at the end of each session, enabling teachers to return to their school environments confident, engaged and excited to continue the work.

Furthermore, Marlowe staff have been with us throughout our journey with The Royal Shakespeare Company, working with us actively in Stratford Upon Avon, sharing and enjoying the work of driving rich, active experiences in Shakespeare for our students.

The Marlowe have also provided many exciting opportunities for students to see live performances - not only of Shakespeare, but of wider theatre - often at no, or little cost. We cannot stress enough how much difference this has made in terms of opening our students' eyes to rich culture which, otherwise, they may not have had the opportunity to experience.

We are very much looking forward to continuing our creative journey with The Marlowe next year, with Julius Caesar at the forefront of our work for the creative culmination of  the third year of our partnership.

Carol O'Shea, Head of Reading Development and lead LPN teacher, King Ethelbert School



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