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Year 8 Shakespeare in Action Workshop

Posted on: 05/04/2023

Year 8 students were selected to attend a Shakespeare Workshop with West End in Schools. During the fastpaced drama sessions students worked closely with a professional actor, Dean, using theatrical techniques to explore key scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. By putting the text up on its feet and by drawing out the emotions of the characters, the scenes took on a new life and new meaning. By the end of the workshop, students were excited and engaged, which in turn led to insightful writing and analysis of the play in the classroom. Students developed their knowledge of the plot and the characters. Language and quotes were introduced throughout the session as the students explored key moments and scenes through movement and performance. Students reinterpreted their understanding of Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the fairies, but also the differing personalities of key characters such as Helena, Hermia, Demetrius and Lysander.

It was lovely to see students immersed in Shakespeare’s writing in a physical, interactive and engaging way and we look forward to hosting West End in Schools next academic year.

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