There is nothing more inspiring than an enthusiastic teacher engaging students and taking them into worlds they didn't know they could enter. Unless it's a brilliant performer. Henry Goodman, bursting with energy, never lost for a word, is both. He won the Olivier and Critics' Circle awards for his Shylock last year and was one of the theatre professionals who took a masterclass at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in London recently.
Now his class, in which he encourages a student to explore Portia's speech, "The quality of mercy is not strained...", has been broadcast on the new Artsworld TV channel. Programmes to come feature Janet Suzman (January 30), Alan Ayckbourn (February 6) and Timothy West (February 13). There are plans afoot to make these available on video but, for the moment, you can follow Artsworld's progress on www.artsworld.com (020 7819 1160) and look out for the next masterclass series at the Haymarket. Jude Kelly is promised next month and there will be other directors soon. Masterclass mailing list: 020 7930 8890. Incidentally, the award-winning National Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice, featuring Henry Goodman, will be broadcast on BBC2 at Easter.
The Tricycle Theatre in west London is based in Brent, the most racially and culturally diverse local authority in England and Wales, where 110 languages are spoken. The theatre reflects its surroundings, often puts on plays by up-and-coming black and Asian writers and staged the award-winning The Colour of Justice - the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. A teachers' resource video, based on this and race awareness workshops, is available from the Tricycle education department.
Water and Wine in the Wilderness is a double bill, by Winsome Pinnock and Alice Childress respectively, made up of complementary plays about artistic integrity in social and racial contexts. Water stars Cecilia Noble as a Britart celebrity, and Wine in the Wilderness is set in Harlem during the riots of 1964.
There will be three schools matines with associated workshops for students over 14 on February 28, March 7 and 14, when tickets will be pound;2.50, with a free ticket for every 10 booked. The workshops will explore racism, feminism and relationships. Tickets: 020 7328 1000.
Headteachers and heads of arts departments from east England are invited to celebrate the launch of Artsmark at a seminar on January 29 at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Open to delegates from Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, the seminar is intended to support schools wishing to apply for the Artsmark award. Artsmark is open to all schools and celebrates and endorses good practice at all levels. Artsmark: 0800 0560 196.
Emily Allchurch worked with children at the Royal London Hospital to create large landscapeskyscape photomontages which were put on permanent display in the hospital's Garden House last week. On The Horizon, a year of the Artist residency, has produced some spectacular pictures which provide a sense of space to contrast to the confines of a ward in an inner-city hospital. Vital Arts is the resident arts project at the hospital (020 7377 7127).
Schools in the Nottingham area are invited to take part in a series of composition workshops leading to a public concert on February 24. The University of Nottingham Wind Orchestra is offering this opportunity for 60 participants, especially suitable for GCSE music students. Local composer Robert Steadman has written a new piece, space twisted and turned upon itself, designed to allow the insertion of student compositions. The first workshop is on January 31. Information: Kieran O'Riordan 0116 253 0903.
The Stilgoe Saturday Concerts for young audiences continue on January 27 with a concert by the Royal College of Music and on March 10 with Trinity College of Music Symphony Orchestra. Richard Stilgoe will introduce each of them and provide "a verbal map" to the music. Royal Festival Hall, London, 3.30pm. Tickets: 020 7960 4242.