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Samuel Lister Academy has been chosen by The Alhambra theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) to play a key role in the RSC’s national education programme – the Learning and Performance Network (LPN).


The LPN is a long term partnership programme with schools and regional theatre partners aimed at transforming the way that Shakespeare is experienced in schools and promoting an active approach to teaching Shakespeare.


The programme, which runs for three years, will offer pupils and staff at xxx school in-depth training in how to use techniques honed by RSC actors in the rehearsal room. The programme involves training for teachers with the RSC in Stratford and Bingley workshop opportunities for students and a Shakespeare Festival at The Alhambra theatre.


As the ‘hub’ school for the region, the school will also recruit up to seven other local ‘cluster’ schools to develop the same skills and techniques. The partnership will culminate in a showcase performance in Stratford in 2017 on one of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s main stages.


The project will be led by practitioners from both Alhambra theatre and the RSC, and incorporate specific activities to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Work with pupils will commence in September, the start of the 2014 Autumn term.


Include quote from school or regional theatre partner here…  Bec Osborne, Principal of the Samuel Lister Academy said: “Samuel Lister Academy is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to develop a long term working partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  I am convinced that this partnership will be of enormous benefit to the students and staff at the Academy, and will bring an awareness and appreciation of Shakespeare, theatre and performance to our young people.  Our core team of staff, who will be driving this partnership forward, are both excited and highly committed to this project.  The Academy is also looking forward to being to work and collaborate with other schools in Bradford to enhance their experience of Shakepseare.”


Jacqui O’Hanlon, Director of Education at the Royal Shakespeare Company, said: “We are thrilled that xxx school will be joining the LPN and are really looking forward to starting work with them at the start of the new academic year. Now in its eighth year, the LPN is unique in that, unlike a lot of initiatives, we don’t just work with a school on a one-off basis. Rather we develop an enduring relationship with a school that means both pupils and teachers can benefit from a huge range of different experiences from professional development courses for teachers to creative lesson plans, live theatre performances, events, workshops and performance opportunities. Most young people first encounter Shakespeare when they are at school and our mission is to make that introduction as exciting and relevant as it possibly can be.”


The LPN is currently made up of over 400 schools and 10 regional theatre partners nationwide and targets those schools and young people who have the least access to cultural provision, theatre and the RSC.