|Create Date||April 11, 2017|
|Last Updated||April 10, 2017|
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has called on young people to debate some of the key issues facing society today at the first of three conferences for 16 to 19 year olds , while it also announced a new digital education partnership with Samsung Electronics.
Using technology to inspire a new generation through Shakespeare’s plays, the partnership kicks off with For The Good of Rome, three conferences in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK and an accompanying online engagement programme for young people.
With Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra (currently playing as part of the RSC’s Rome season in Stratford-upon-Avon) as a backdrop, For The Good of Rome focuses on citizenship, political rhetoric and the role of women in positions of power. Young people can sign up to live broadcasts of selected panel discussions from the conferences and submit questions directly to the speakers via social media.
In addition to the conferences, the RSC and Samsung will invite young people to use the inspiration of the Roman plays and the conference provocations to produce their own creative responses in a unique Film Challenge. Young creatives will have the opportunity to make and submit short form film content, including using the latest 360˚ technology with the Samsung Gear 360, with Samsung experts and RSC artists on hand to offer top tips and advice via an online tutorial. Full details about the Film Challenge will be announced in due course.
The partnership builds on the success of the launch of the Re:Shakespeare app in 2015, free to download on Google Play and powered by Samsung in association with the RSC. Fronted by David Tennant, the app uses technology to deliver a fun, immersive and completely new approach to Shakespeare’s plays, allowing the RSC and Samsung to engage with young people as artistic makers.
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