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Free The Deep Blue Sea Teaching Resources from the National Theatre

By Tom Sanderson
Last updated: July 2020
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The National Theatre’s production of The Deep Blue Sea is no longer available to watch as part of National Theatre At Home. However, schools can still watch the full show through the National Theatre Collection service.

Find out more about the National Theatre Collection.

See our Complete Guide to the National Theatre’s Free Teaching Resources.

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About The Deep Blue Sea

Synopsis

A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952.

When Hester Collyer (Helen McCrory) is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.

Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.

Running time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Suitable for: Ages 12+
Dates available: 9-17 July

Read more about the National Theatre’s production of The Deep Blue Sea.

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The Deep Blue Sea Teaching Resources

The National Theatre has created bespoke The Deep Blue Sea Teaching Resources including an education pack and educational videos that you can use to support the show.

The Deep Blue Sea Education Pack

Download the official The Deep Blue Sea Teaching Resources Education Pack. The teaching resource is suitable for GCSE and A Level students looking to review the production. The pack guides students on the aspects of the show they can use in their reviews, including design elements, performance skills and staging.

Download the National Theatre’s The Deep Blue Sea Education Pack.

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The Deep Blue Sea Educational Videos

The National Theatre has produced two educational videos to support the show. Split into two parts, the videos look at the career and works of the play’s writer, Terence Rattigan.

The first film explores French Without Tears, The Winslow Boy and The Browning Version. The second looks at The Deep Blue Sea and Separate Tables.

The Work of Terence Rattigan: Part One

The Work of Terence Rattigan: Part Two

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Helen McCrory on The Deep Blue Sea

In this episode of the National Theatre’s podcast, National Theatre Talks, Helen McCrory reflects on the challenges and rewards of playing Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea.

Use this interview to give your students further depth of the play and Helen McCrory’s role.

Listen to Helen McCrory on The Deep Blue Sea on Apple Podcasts.

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How to watch The Deep Blue Sea

The National Theatre’s production of The Deep Blue Sea is no longer available to watch as part of National Theatre At Home. However, schools can still watch the full show through the National Theatre Collection service.

Find out more about the National Theatre Collection.

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Find out more about the National Theatre’s Educational Offering

As well as the National Theatre Collection, the NT offers a wide range of education packs, educational videos and other resources that you can use for free.

See our complete guide on the National Theatre’s Education Offering.

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