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Structure of the Day
  • We work with students in a drama studio or a school hall.

  • Sessions are 50 - 90 minutes for KS3.

  • We can work with up to five KS3 classes.

  • To work with fewer classes, we can visit for just an afternoon or morning session.

  • To work with more than six classes we can visit across multiple days.

  • We will send you a suggested timetable when you enquire, and we can work with you to create a timetable that works for your school day.

Workshop Content
  • Exploration of popular books, traditional tales and fairytales first-hand, by embodying the characters and reimagining the story's world.

  • Use drama exercises and activities to imagine and explore the characters, context and topics from new angles.

  • Recount stories and explore characterisations - movement and emotions and intentions.

  • Experience the story with the facilitator in-role as one of the characters and recreate parts of the story.

  • Discuss and debate the decisions of the characters.

Learning Objectives
  • To think critically about the story by experiencing it first-hand.

  • To expand vocabulary and develop a stronger command of spoken English.

  • To develop creative ownership and the imagination by working alongside a drama specialist and education mentor.

  • To explore different ways of communicating, both verbally and physically.

Unlocking Shakespeare

We are about unlocking the text for young people and igniting in them a passion and appreciation for speaking the language. Using a series of energetic practical games and exercises, we take the fear out of Shakespeare and leave students excited and engaged by his stories.

Why Study Shakespeare today? William Shakespeare played a major role in the transformation of the English language. Many words and phrases were first written down in his plays:

'Elbow room' (King John), 'heart of gold' (Henry V), 'tower of strength' (Richard III) and 'Wild-goose chase' (Romeo and Juliet) - just a handful of the many well-known English phrases that we've learnt from Shakespeare and use in our day to day lives more than 400 years later.

 

The great thing about Shakespeare was his ability to write great plots. Some may say that Shakespeare's writing has inspired many of today's best modern works. His themes include:

  • Revenge

  • Love

  • Marriage

  • Power

  • Ambition

  • Murder

  • Obsession

  • Dreaming

  • Ambition

  • Loyalty

  • Death

  • Sin

  • Guilt

 Students have an engaging experience of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Midsummer Nights Dream and Hamlet.

Workshops are tailored to each year group and are a great way of boosting students' engagement and comprehension of his writing.
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