On Friday October 23rd, Paul from the Sydney-based Bell Shakespeare theatre company conducted a workshop with a select group of Year 10 and 11 English and Drama students.
After a short and focussing warm-up, the students jumped into dissecting Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Paul guided the students through the plot, with the students jumping in as the characters, and shared the nuances of the relationships, themes, characters, and language present within the text.
After lots of laughing, beautifully improvised characterisation and some fun ensemble work, the students felt a lot more confident in tackling Shakespeare; they completed the workshop with some tableaux that fully demonstrated their understanding of the play.
The two hours flew by! We wish to thank Paul (who we hope will be back next year) and Bell Shakespeare who enabled us to hold this awesome workshop! We can’t wait to see what’s on offer in 2021.
~ Mrs Helen Marks (Drama teacher)