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.
- Career Advice
- Educational Videos
- Online Workshops
- Teaching Resources
Suitable for: Upper KS2, KS3, KS4 & KS5
Subject links: Citizenship, Art & Design, Drama, English, Music & PSHE
The Old Vic Education Packs
You can download and use all The Old Vic’s 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:
- A Christmas Carol (2019-20)
- All My Sons
- The American Clock
- A Christmas Carol
- Wise Children
- A Monster Calls
- Mood Music
- Fanny & Alexander
- Girl From the North Country
- King Lear
- Groundhog Day
- Jekyll & Hyde
- The Caretaker
- The Master Builder
- The Hairy Ape
- Future Conditional
- The Crucible
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Hedda Gabler
- The Tempest
- The Winter’s Tale
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:
- Making the Music for A Monster Calls with Benji Bower
- A Monster Calls pre-show talk with Artistic Director Matthew Warchus
- Composing with Justin Ellington and Darron L West
- Composing with Tim Minchin
- Composing with The Divide Choir
- Devising with the company of A Monster Calls
- Directing with the creative team of Present Laughter
- Directing with Annie-B Parson
- Directing with Kate Prince
- Directing with Julia Locascio
- Directing with Rachel Chavkin
- Directing with Conor McPherson
- Directing with Mark Arends
- Directing with Emma Rice
- Directing with Lisa Dwan and Joe Murphy
- Playwriting with Lucy Prebble
- Theatre Criticism with Lyn Gardener
- What does an Artistic Director do? With Matthew Warchus
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.
The Old Vic’s Online Workshops
Take part in one The Old Vic online workshops. You can learn more about directing, playwriting, music and more – all available for free.
Introduction to Directing
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.
Ear Opener is a new series of free video masterclasses from the Clod Ensemble that demystifies the process of writing music.
Aimed at anyone who wants to write their own music – in whatever style you’re interested in – Ear Opener gives accessible explanations of the tools people who write music use everyday, and honest discussion about the creative process.
The workshop features interviews with amazing musicians across the spectrum, including legendary producer Brian Eno, saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi, TV & film composer Isobel Waller-Bridge, rapper Lowkey and Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien.
The Old Vic’s Schemes for Students and Young People
The Old Vic Life Skills Hub
Do you have a student that wants to work in theatre? The new life skills 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 life skills hub 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.
The hub includes Careers Advice, online workshops and Teacher Resource Packs for their Old Vic productions.
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.
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