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For the last six months, Dr Morris has been working with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Cisco, educational network provider Ja.net, and the London Olympic Committee on a radical project that brings together multiple disciplines in an innovative way. Based around the play I, Cinna (The Poet), written by Tim Crouch, the project aimed to rewrite the way Shakespeare is taught in secondary schools.The play itself takes an incidental character from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and tells the story from his perspective. This was shot as a film, which was streamed to thousands of secondary school children around the UK on 2nd July 2012. The schoolchildren were encouraged to write their own poems during the film, which could be sent for inclusion on the event microsite (www.icinna.org.uk). They were also able to send questions, live, after the screening to the writer Tim Crouch, actor Jude Owusu, and author Malorie Blackman, who has taken Shakespeare as inspiration for her own writing. They watched these questions answered during the video stream.
For his Digital Berkshire presentation, Dr Morris will discuss how this project illustrates a trend to much more interactive media and education. I, Cinna (The Poet) is a classic example of "transmedia", bringing together theatre, filmmaking, TV production, website design, social media and user-generated content into one cultural artefact. The trend is increasingly in this direction, and this huge project is only a first step towards media which routinely crosses boundaries, providing greater engagement both in education and in the wider landscape of digital culture. Dr Morris looks at where this trend is heading.