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2nd February 1996 at 00:00
Fancy Branching Out? I wouldn't mind it particularly when it involves spending time in places like Hungary and Bulgaria. Branching Out is the apt title of a National Theatre education department project that partners drama teachers in this country with counterparts from central and eastern Europe.

The idea is that teachers job shadow and train alongside each other, in each other's countries over a two week period. The National is looking for 30 specialist drama teachers to apply for the project, which is funded by the European Commission's PHARE Democracy Fund.

It all begins on May 10, when the eastern Europeans begin their two- week placements with the English teachers after a week of training at the National Theatre. This culminates in a de-briefing session for both host and guest teachers at the National on May 25. The return leg runs from October 16 to 31.

There are no language qualifications for applicants, but they must have five or more years' teaching experience, be responsible for teaching drama throughout the school and have the support of the headteacher and others in the school in fulfilling the training and travelling obligations. Letters of application and CVs should be sent by February 17 to: Chrissie Tiller, Branching Out Project Manager, Education Department, Royal National Theatre, South Bank, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX.

Not quite Slovakia but nearly as exotic is Liverpool, where the Everyman's new education department has a line-up of workshops in February complementing the mainhouse production of Frankie and Tommy. Among them: Directing and Rehearsing a participatory physical two hour session of discussion and improvisation introduced by director Peter Rowe. For over 16s, on February 21. For GCSE pupils on February 14 . For A-level students on February 28 . Production and Design Workshop demonstration on the technical aspects of lighting, sound and design. For over 16s on Feb 22. For GCSE pupils February 15. For A- level students February 29. For a full programme of education department events and activities, ring education officer Catherine Williams on 0151 708 0338.

Homer's Odyssey begins a long trek around the country from now until April 2. Shoestring, the 12- year-old Oxford company that specialises in works from or about ancient Greece, takes this modern English adaptation to schools in two forms, one for juniors and another for secondary-school-aged audiences. For more information about bookings, which are available with workshops on request, ring Shoestring on 01865 247585.

Don't forget that there's a TES Inset Day for key stage 3 teachers on Julius Caesar at the Globe Theatre on March 16. Ring the Globe education department on 0171 620 0202 for bookings.

Reva Klein * Michael Pennington will talk about acting in Hamlet on February 6 in the National's Lyttelton Theatre at 6pm when he will also sign copies of his book, Hamlet: A User's Guide. Pennington has played Fortinbras, Laertes and Claudius as well as the title role. (Tickets Pounds 3.50, students Pounds 2.50 0171 928 2252) Next week's TES will include an interview with Michael Pennington.

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