While most schools across the country have been on half term this past week and our touring companies have taken a well-deserved rest, Michael Holden, Nat McCloskey and Rhiannon Skerritt have been back in the classroom. Thanks to the very welcome support of the Garrick Charitable Trust, they initially spent two days studying the intricacies of Shakespeare’s language, poetic and theatrical devices with Callie, our Intelligence Director, while on Sunday, Riad Richie (our Macbeth last year and now with the RSC) returned to the company to work with them on honing their stage fighting skills.

Nat will now return to The Passenger when it begins its four-week tour of schools in Sussex next week while Michael and Rhiannon have joined Miles Jovian and Abdul Shyllon in rehearsals for the London tour of Mark and the Marked directed by Kimberley Sykes.