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Shakespeare streamed to schools

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Interactive play shown around the country in RSC Schools Broadcast.

School pupils around the UK have taken part in the World Shakespeare Festival from their own classrooms today.

A filmed version of I, Cinna (The Poet) was streamed exclusively to schools, followed by a live interactive Q&A with the actor and writer, and children’s author Malorie Blackman.

The play is a new one-man performance drama linked to and inspired by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) current production of Julius Caesar.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey visited Phoenix High School in London to watch the play with pupils, as well as taking part in his own Q&A with the students.

During the performance, Cinna also invited students aged 11 and over to write poems with him, which can now be sent to the RSC where a web archive of responses to the play will be created.

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