The Royal Shakespeare Company has updated its educational activity for Matilda The Musical to include a comprehensive planning guide for schools. The new guide, developed in close consultation with teachers, includes everything you need to plan, book and take a school trip to Cambridge Theater. With practical advice for the day, dedicated hands-on support to guide teachers through the process of booking a trip and links to the programme, the new guide works alongside production education website which includes downloadable resources, risk assessments, educational videos and teaching ideas to support learning.
Teachers can use these resources to help them explore the themes of Matilda The Musical back in the classroom. These include introductory material, resources and links to drama, English, music and PSHE, as well as fun teaching tools such as bookmarks inspired by Roald Dahl’s famous reading worm. The themes covered are as broad as tackling bullying, the ingenuity behind writing and composing lyrics, and telling a beloved story on stage.
From September, in-person workshops for primary and secondary students will also resume at the Cambridge Theater on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. during school terms. Led by RSC practitioners, the workshops are designed to introduce students to the Matilda The Musical story, key characters, and the creative process to bring it to life on stage. The 90-minute sessions can be adapted to meet the needs of students of all ages from 6 years old.
As with all RSC education activity, the workshops are based on the Company’s active learning approaches that use the same techniques that RSC actors and directors use in rehearsal. A playful approach to learning that engages students of all ages and abilities and has been proven to support literacy and language development, as well as many other essential work and life skills.
RSC Director of Learning, Jacqui O’Hanlon MBE, says:
“Nothing replaces the shared experience of live theatre. Research shows that learning beyond the classroom can be transformative: bringing topics to life and creating unforgettable experiences that invigorate classroom learning and can change the life.
“At RSC, we believe that every young person can benefit from artistic and creative experiences to unlock their potential and develop vital social, emotional, life and work skills. Our own research shows that our learning approaches support the development reading and writing skills, accelerate language acquisition, promote well-being, tolerance, empathy and resilience, as well as critical thinking, creativity, analysis, communication and problems solving.
“Over the past two years, young people have missed so much. We are thrilled that in addition to using the new teaching tools and resources, schools can once again enjoy performances that will inform and inspire their learning long after they leave school. ‘auditorium.’
Adapted from the acclaimed book by Roald Dahl and commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Matilda The Musical has won 99 international awards, including 24 for best musical, and has been seen by more than 10 million people in more than 90 cities around the world. world. Invigorating for audiences of all ages, this anarchic production about a strong and determined heroine with an overflowing imagination welcomed nearly 4 million spectators in London where it recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in the West End.
Written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and developed and directed by Matthew Warchus, the theatrical production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and special effects and illusions by Paul Kieve.
With the upcoming film adaptation from the same core creative team as the theatrical production (directed by Matthew Warchus, adapted for the screen by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin), Roald’s themes Dahl on bravery and standing up for what you believe in will continue to inspire young audiences around the world. Produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, Jon Finn and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company. Sony Pictures UK and Tristar Pictures will release Matilda in the UK and Ireland exclusively to cinemas on December 2, 2022 for Christmas. Netflix will release the film in the rest of the world on December 25, 2022.