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Free Teaching Resources, Careers Advice, Workshops & Projects from The Old Vic

The Old Vic education hub provides teaching resources for schools, students, parents and young creatives. Here’s everything you need to know about their new education hub and how to access The Old Vic teaching resources, plus careers advice and schemes your students can get involved in. All available for free!

The Old Vic Education Hub – The Quick Overview

The Old Vic education hub includes behind-the-scenes insights, careers advice, education packs, educational videos, online workshop and guides. The Old Vic is also streaming their past work which started with their award-winning production of A Monster Calls. Their announced performance is Mood Music – streaming for free for 7 days from 7pm on Wednesday 8 July.

Activities include:

  • Career Advice
  • Educational Videos
  • Free Online Productions
  • Online Workshops
  • Teaching Resources

Suitable for: Upper KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5

Subject links: Citizenship, Art & Design, Drama, English, Music & PSHE

Dates available:

  • The Old Vic Education Hub – ongoing
  • Mood Music – until 14 July

The Old Vic’s Mood Music

The Old Vic is streaming past productions from their archive. The series started with their Olivier award-winning production of A Monster Calls and continues with their production of Mood Music.

Mood Music Synopsis

Behind its seductive and glamorous veneer, the music industry has a dark side. Whether it’s bitter legal battles fought by the likes of George Michael, Kesha and Tulisa, or the lost lives of Amy Winehouse and Chris Cornell, the price of fame and success can be brutal.

‘The music industry isn’t about healing heartbreak and vulnerability. It’s about selling it.’

In a top London recording studio, Cat, a young songwriter, her producer Bernard, their lawyers and psychotherapists go to battle over who owns a hit song. Amidst a gathering storm of bitter complaints and recriminations Cat and Bernard inflict a devastating toll on each other.

How to watch The Old Vic’s Mood Music

Mood Music will stream, for free, on The Old Vic’s YouTube channel. The show will be available to watch from 7pm on Wednesday 8 July, and available on-demand for 7 days (until 14 July).

The show is recommended for 14+.

Watch The Old Vic’s Mood Music.

Read more about The Old Vic’s production of Mood Music.

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The Old Vic Education Packs

The Old Vic has given access to all their previous education packs and teaching resources.

Packs include information and background to the shows plus rehearsal diaries, interviews and classroom activities. They also include Key Stage suitability plus their direct subject and curriculum links.

Show education packs currently available:

See all of The Old Vic Teaching Resources.

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Take a look behind-the-scenes of The Old Vic

Students and teachers can watch exclusive videos taking them behind-the-scenes of past Old Vic productions.

These educational videos feature big names such as Tim Minchin, Annie-B Parson, Kate Prince, Emma Rice and Lyn Gardner. Videos explore everything from directing and devising to composing and theatre criticism.

Educational videos currently available:

See all the available Old Vic Behind-The-Scenes Videos.

See all The Old Vic’s videos on their YouTube channel.

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The Old Vic Games Exchange

Join The Old Vic team for a fun, free Zoom Games Exchange – specially created for teachers and educators. The sessions are held monthly, with the next one on Monday 22 June from 5 – 6pm.

These zoom sessions are a great opportunity for teachers to try out games or exercises, learn new ones and find inspirations to use in their own lessons and workshops.

The sessions are free to join, you just need sign-up to secure your place.

Find out more about The Old Vic’s Zoom Games Exchange.

The Old Vic’s Inside Guides

Take a look at The Old Vic’s Inside Guides for information, interviews, advice, practical tips and exercises. Their current packs focus on directing and playwriting.

See The Old Vic’s Inside Guide To Playwriting.

See The Old Vic’s Inside Guide To Directing.

The Old Vic’s Online Workshops

The Old Vic has made their ‘Introduction to Directing’ workshop available online for free. 

This workshop has been designed for GCSE and A Level students taking part in their Schools Club programme. However, anyone with an interest in directing is welcome to take part.

This workshop will help students understand what a director does and gets them to think about the kind of director they would want to be. It also gives tips and exercises to work with text and the opportunity to create their own director’s concept.

The directing workshop is broken down into sections with a short video introduction in each. Students will then find a creative exercise for them to try at home.

The online workshop is free to access. Students will just need a pen and paper or a computer to make notes as they go.

Take a look at The Old Vic’s Introduction to Directing Online Workshop.

The Old Vic’s Schemes for Students and Young People

OV Pen Pals

New for 2020, as part of this year’s online The Great Get Together, inspired by Jo Cox, The Old Vic is launching OV Pen Pals.

The new scheme aims to connect members of their Matinee Idols programme with primary school children through letters, emails and phone calls. Once matched, every two weeks, Pen Pals will be set creative challenges to complete together.

Find out more about The Old Vic’s OV Pen Pals scheme.

Find out how to get your primary school involved in the project.

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The Old Vic Careers Hub

Do you have a student that wants to work in theatre? The new careers section on The Old Vic education hub will give them information on directing, composing and playwriting – all for free from The Old Vic team.

The hub includes Careers Advice, online workshops and Teacher Resource Packs for their Old Vic productions.

See The Old Vic Careers Advice page.

Front Line Online

Front Line Online offers young people aged 19-25 based in Lambeth a series of free online digital sessions with two highly experienced theatre practitioners.

The programme will take place over six weeks in June and July with weekly mentoring sessions and creative workshops that use drama and theatre techniques.

Front Line Sessions will cover:

  • Teamwork and customer service
  • Difficult Conversations in customer-facing roles
  • CV and interview skills and cover letter writing
  • Goal setting, achievements and next steps

Front Line Online has been designed to support young people to confidently take their next steps into employment. Whether that is through increased communication and teamwork skills or learning how to confidently approach an interview.

Participants will also be invited to join The Old Vic’s Alumni Network, giving them access to masterclasses, tickets and further opportunities at The Old Vic and other cultural organisations.

Front Line requires no previous experience and The Old Vic particularly welcomes applications from anyone not in education, employment or training.

Applications are now open. Young people can apply via a short online application form or via video submission.

See more information about The Old Vic’s Front Line Online scheme and find out how to apply.

Hear more information from The Old Vic 

If you’d like to hear more from The Old Vic and their schemes, you can sign up to their school’s newsletter.

You can also apply to be part of The Old Vic’s Schools Club, giving you access to free theatre tickets, bespoke workshops, backstage tours and further teaching resources.

See more information about The Old Vic’s Schools Club and how to apply.

Sign up to The Old Vic’s School Newsletter.

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