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Free The Deep Blue Sea Teaching Resources from the National Theatre

By Tom Sanderson
Last updated: September 2020
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Here’s everything you need to watch the National Theatre At Home production of The Deep Blue Sea and how to support the show with their free Education Pack and The Deep Blue Sea 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.

National Theatre’s Education Offering.

The National Theatre offers a wealth of free online productions, teaching resources, educational videos, insights and activities.

National Theatre At Home is a way of seeing some of the NT’s famous work from the comfort of our homes, each Thursday from 7pm. The series kicked off with their critically acclaimed production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Continuing with hit National Theatre productions including Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, Barber Shop Chronicles, This House and Small Island. Also announced is Amadeus as the next productions in the series.

In addition to the weekly performances, UK state-funded schools have access to the National Theatre Collection. The Collection brings the best of British Theatre to all state-funded schools for free. From Shakespeare and Greek tragedy to contemporary literary adaptations, the Collection supports the primary and secondary curriculum. Teachers can get access to high-quality recordings of 24 world-class productions, plus a range of tailored learning resources.

Read more about the National Theatre’s Education Offering.

How to watch the National Theatre At Home production of The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea is available to watch for free on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel. The production is live from 7pm on Thursday 9 July and on-demand for 7 days.

Watch The Deep Blue Sea.

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