Alongside Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s spectacular production of Macbeth at Caerphilly Castle is a diverse education and participation programme, which has brought key organisations together, to bring Macbeth to the nation’s classrooms. Here’s a little information about the projects and partnerships that are taking place.
Shakespeare Schools Festival
Shakespeare Schools Foundation is a nationwide cultural education charity that transforms young people’s lives through the unique power of Shakespeare. Sharing with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru an ambition to promote an understanding and enjoyment of the Bard, SSF have produced a selection of bespoke, bilingual resources for Macbeth for study in school. Access the resource here. The valuable package includes a selection of scenes from their abridged 30 minute version of Gwyn Thomas’ Macbeth. Theatr Genedlaethol is working with SSF to invite schools to attend the live broadcast of Macbeth and to sign up for the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2017.
Literature Wales / Llenyddiaeth Cymru: Cipio’r Castell – Brwydr Slam
Modelled on their hugely successful ‘Slam Cymru’ campaign, Literature Wales, in partnership with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Cadw and Caerphilly Council have established poetry slam groups at Welsh medium schools, including Ysgol Gwynllyw, Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni and Ysgol Gartholwg. The schools will be visited by authors Anni Llŷn, Aneirin Karadog and Gwynfor Dafydd, and will enjoy poetry workshops, ahead of the final tournament – a showcase which takes place at The Great Hall, Caerphilly Castle, on 10 March 2017. The students will be taught some of Shakespeare’s techniques ahead of the showcase – the slam – where they will compete against each other.
Into Film Cymru are a film education organisation, supported by the BFI with Lottery funding, who work with 1,000 schools in Wales, providing resources, teacher training, support for film clubs and networking within the film industry. To coincide with Macbeth and to promote Shakespeare Week 20–27 March, Into Film Cymru have a bilingual resource available for secondary schools which aims to engage youngsters with the recent film adaptation of Macbeth. The resource can be used to compare and contrast the film and stage versions of Macbeth. Access the resource here.
Rhian A. Davies, Executive Producer at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru said:
“We are delighted to work in partnership with several important organisations. This is a fantastic way for us to work together to promote the work of Shakespeare to young people. Working alongside Shakespeare Schools Festival to be able to offer a shorter thirty minute script to schools, by the late Gwyn Thomas is invaluable. We encourage schools to make use of the resources provided and to take part in the many activities that lie in store, including the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2017.”