Discover more about our Creative Partnership Projects, from our Associate Schools Programme with the Royal Shakespeare Company to the creation of Teachers Resources (Creative and Active Approaches to English) with our Children’s Theatre Partnership and working with Blackpool’s Better Start in community settings to increase access to creative activities and experiences.
Associate Schools Programme
with the Royal Shakespeare Company
Blackpool Grand has worked in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) since 2012 on a Learning and Performance Network and Associate Schools Programme. This national partnership has co-created local and national opportunities for over 30 schools, 100 teachers, and for nearly 10,000 local children and young people.
Regular high-quality teacher training takes place in Blackpool and Stratford that builds skills around Creative and Active approaches to English and brings rehearsal room practice into the classroom. Thanks to the Blackpool Grand and The RSC five local teachers have gained a Post Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Shakespeare using creative and active approaches.
The theatre co-produces an annual Schools Shakespeare Festival with Lead Associate School, Our Lady of the Assumption RC Primary, and the Young Shakespeare Council. In addition, more than 200 young people get the chance to perform on The RSC’s own stage in Stratford-upon Avon in their national Shakespeare Schools Festival.
Shakespeare Nation Programme with Royal Shakespeare Company building new audiences and working with the local community is something The Blackpool Grand has been committed to for many years. The theatre was delighted to be invited to be part of a new national programme that involves working with The RSC and community partners to encourage new adult audiences to engage with Shakespeare’s works.
Working with over 150 people from the local community including, hoteliers, LGBTQ+ Liberty Church, Connect Community Choir, Better Starts’ Community Voice, and Friends of The Grand participants were offered opportunities to explore Shakespeare’s stories through drama, dance, poetry and performance.
Now, with a new collection of Shakespeare Champions drawn from the group and other community activists, this cohort is planning to work locally to share their love of Shakespeare and encourage others to see The RSC perform.
Teachers Resources (Creative and Active Approaches to English)
with Children’s Theatre Partnership
Blackpool Grand Theatre has been commissioned by the Children’s Theatre Partnership (CTP) to lead a National Creative Learning Programme connected to its three productions (HOLES, Unexpected Twist, and Animal Farm). The Grand is creating and sharing new Teachers Resources (Creative and Active Approaches to English) in addition to sharing its Creative Evaluation Journals for groups and young people.
As part of this exciting national programme we are delighted to be working with four national theatres: The Belgrade Coventry, Theatre Royal Norwich, Theatre Royal Newcastle and The Marlowe Canterbury.
Creative Evaluation Programme
with Blackpool Better Start
Blackpool Grand Theatre has worked in partnership with Blackpool Better Start and Community Voice since 2015. Working together with communities and families at Blackpool Grand and in community settings helps to increase access to creative activities and experiences.
Creative Careers for Students
with Edge Hill University
Blackpool Grand is delighted to be working in partnership with Edge Hill University to create ways for students to connect with our programme on stage, its actors, technicians, writers and directors to bring their learning at University into real work settings.
Through a range of opportunities, students are working with local, national and international artists to make work, perform on the stage alongside our touring companies, learn and apply new skills and explore how their courses can link to creative careers.
To discuss one of our projects or a potential creative partnership contact one of our Creative Learning team on
01253 290 111; alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org
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