Year 7 students at Minsthorpe performed their very own Shakespeare Showcase for an audience of parents, staff and pupils on Tuesday 15th July, 2014.
The 33 students in 7M1 have spent the last seven weeks studying eleven plays in their English lessons, using active drama approaches to understand famous scenes. Plays such as ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Macbeth’, and ‘Twelfth Night’ were included, as well as some more challenging works, such as ‘King Lear’, ‘Richard II’ and ‘Henry V’.
The students analysed the scenes before writing a modern plot, which still retained Shakespeare’s language, telling a young boy’s detention dream of William Shakespeare’s heroes and villains. They then rehearsed the whole play in their lesson time.
Mrs Sally Thompson, from the English team, who devised and directed the performance, is leading the College’s Young Shakespeare Nation project, which supports the Royal Shakespeare Company’s aim to perform all of Shakespeare’s plays in the next six years, and to introduce students to as many of Shakespeare’s plays as possible.
"I am so proud of my class’s hard work over the last half-term. They have made fantastic progress, working together to make Shakespeare’s language accessible and fun, and their performance was a triumph. I hope more students have been inspired to see the joy in Shakespeare’s works, and will join in next year’s project of ‘Hamlet’, as we have been invited to join the Honley Shakespeare Festival in March 2015."