Matilda the Musical and education work at the RSC

Date Posted: 26/01/2013

Inspired by the themes of Matilda the Musical, the RSC’s Education Department has created a specially-designed online resource which gives schools an insight into the creative process of staging this award-winning musical.

Write Here Write Now with Matilda is an interactive website that aims to inspire children to become creative writers, imaginative playwrights and avid readers.

Through filmed interviews with the show’s creators, Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin, together with comprehensive teacher notes for use in the classroom, the resource should help make storytelling vivid, accessible and enjoyable for children and their teachers.

To celebrate the launch of Write Here Write Now with Matilda, the RSC is setting a National Writing Challenge, inviting students aged between eight and 13 to create an original script or song to be performed live in a special performance by the West End cast at London’s Cambridge Theatre in June 2013.

Entries will go through a full script selection process by the RSC’s Literary and Education Departments and six songs or scenes will be fully rehearsed by members of the Matilda company before being performed on stage in front of the students and their classmates, all of whom will stay on to see Matilda The Musical that evening.

Additionally, and building on the highly successful active teaching approaches to Shakespeare developed by the RSC, Write Here Write Now with Matilda will also offer Teacher Professional Development days, providing practical approaches to creative writing using Matilda the Musical as a springboard.

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