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YOUNG people, aged between 13-18 years, from across England will join together for two weeks this summer to form the first RSC Youth Ensemble.

YOUNG people, aged between 13-18 years, from across England will join together for two weeks this summer to form the first RSC Youth Ensemble.

The ensemble is made up of young people from secondary schools from nine of the regions of the country involved in The RSC's Learning and Performance Network.

The students will form an acting company in Stratford, living and working in the RSC's home town for two and half weeks in August.

They start rehearsals on August 7 and which will culminate in an hour long performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Courtyard Theatre at 4pm on Friday, August 22 in front of the public.

By living and rehearsing together, the group will experience the reality of ensemble working.

During their rehearsal period, they will meet members of the RSC acting company - including members of the current A Midsummer Night's Dream company.

They will also have workshop sessions with guest practitioners, including BBC TV and Radio presenter, Hardeep Singh Koli, who recently compered the RSC's regional schools celebration at The Courtyard Theatre.

Jacqui O'Hanlon, who was recently appointed as the RSC's director of education said: 'We are delighted to be welcoming this very special group of young people to Stratford to form our very first youth ensemble. We feel they are a company who are going to become wonderful ambassadors for Shakespeare.

"What they all have in common is an ability to connect with his language and stories and an excitement about working on his plays."

 

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