ROYAL Shakespeare Company actors are offering schoolchildren a helping hand with their homework.
With no set date for schools to fully reopen in the UK, thousands of young people and families are continuing to home school.
The #RSCHomeworkHelp initiative has received hundreds of questions from young people studying Shakespeare in the UK and around the world.
Questions range from ‘do you have any advice for performing on Zoom?’, ‘how would you update the servants in Romeo and Juliet?’ to ‘if Julius Caesar was a radio play, how would you stage the assassination scene?’ and ‘Which sister is worse, Goneril or Regan?’
RSC Actors have been helping to answer the questions including former Dr Who David Tennant, who responded to a question about his favourite Hamlet soliloquy.
Other actors including David Bradley, Paapa Essiedu, Niamh Cusack, Charlotte Arrowsmith and Noma Dumezweni have also offered homework help to students.
The actors, who are currently unable to rehearse or perform, have volunteered to share their tips and answer questions about Shakespeare and drama studies while under lockdown.
Due to the success of the initiative #RSCHomeworkHelp will continue into the summer term and new questions can be sent from June 1 either by email to [email protected] or via twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #RSCHomeworkHelp.
The actors will then respond to the students’ questions through a mixture of written and video responses which will all shared on the RSC website.
The RSC has also launched a package of activity to help support young people of all ages with their learning at home, including a series of Activity Toolkits. Each one has fun 15-minute activities to help unlock the plays’ language, themes, characters and plots.