Shakespeare Workshops for Schools
SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS
THE SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is an independent charity leading the world’s enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times. As well as opening and caring for five outstanding Tudor houses and gardens all directly connected to William Shakespeare, the Trust offers inspiring and awardwinning educational programmes, for schools from Early Years to A-Level, universities and the general public and makes available a library and archive of international importance.
The Shakespeare Houses, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Mary Arden’s Farm, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Hall’s Croft and Nash’s House, all situated in and around Stratford-upon-Avon, are entertaining and safe venues for educational visits.
SHAKESPEARE ON FILM
Since 2000, Daniel Rosenthal has given hundreds of Shakespeare lectures and seminars at schools and colleges in England. Author of Shakespeare on Screen (Hamlyn, 2000), described by the TES as “a first-class teaching resource”, and 100 Shakespeare Films (BFI, 2007), he teaches undergraduate courses for the International Programmes department at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Daniel Rosenthal places adaptations in context and shows digitized film clips via computer. He compares different interpretations of key scenes from originaltext Shakespeare films (e.g. Branagh, Olivier, Welles and Zeffirelli) and ‘genre adaptations’, such as O and Maqbool, which modernise plot, language and settings, turning Othello into a high-school basketball player or Macbeth into a Mumbai gangster.
Activ8 Theatre offers a range of exciting drama services. Schools, colleges and drama clubs in London and the South East can find workshops to inspire and motivate students. Resource packs full of ideas and practical sessions are available nationwide.
Activ8 Theatre is run by Kerren Garner, an actor, qualified drama teacher and examiner.
There is so much to offer students from the world of Shakespeare. These workshops have been organised so that a number of plays, themes and characters can be explored. Workshops will be pitched at the age range and experience of your group. You can choose to focus on a certain style of text e.g: Comedy, Tragedy or Magic or focus on one specific text.
Professional actor and science teacher David Hall presents dynamic, interactive shows, co-written and directed by Johnny Ball, revealing the excitement and wonder of science - Practical, Fun, Packed with Science and Completely Unforgettable – whilst his Maths and Drama Workshops engage and inspire the widest range of pupils from KS1 to KS4.
Inspired by his professional acting work (Shakespeare’s Globe, London’s West End etc) David delivers highly popular and hugely enjoyable workshops in Shakespeare, Voice and Physical Theatre. He is equally happy working on existing projects and can adapt his work to all ages and abilities.
“Exciting. Enlightening. A pure clinic in Shakespearean acting!"
TOUCHSTONE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE
Touchstone Shakespeare Theatre is a small company of professional actors established in 2001 whilst working at the Royal Shakespeare Company. They provide Shakespeare and drama workshops to young people of all ages and particularly to those with special educational needs. Their endeavour is artistic as much as it is educational and performances are collaborations between actors and pupils.
TST believe Shakespeare is still relevant to young people today and his powerful language provides a channel to express and articulate their feelings. Their aim is to help unlock young people’s creativity to enhance communication and language skills, raise their self-esteem and confidence, and where appropriate support their educational achievements. Although Shakespeare is still at the heart of much of their work, it is by no means their only area of concentration.
Acting Technique is owned by Karen Louise Hebden; a director, writer and acting coach. Karen has directed in the West End – most recently at The Prince Edward Theatre on the forthcoming production of MOONLANDING. Acting Technique, have an exclusive set of workshops for schools, designed specifically to complement A level Drama and Theatre Studies by bringing course work to life with knowledge and professional experience.
Rehearsing Shakespeare is possibly the most enjoyable part of a director’s job, but many students find this aspect of their course work challenging. Shakespeare is viewed as hard, dull and difficult to make exciting to watch. This workshop is the antidote and as a rehearsal technique for Shakespeare and Elizabethan dramatists is physical and fun. Discover methods to bring characters and scenes to life, and through rehearsal, explore and deepen students’ awareness of Shakespeare’s text. Acting Technique uncover the tensions that block development and work on strategies to remove them.
Dramatic Progress understands that sometimes teaching isn't enough, your students can look at you with a sense of "do you really know?" or their learning and development is restricted by time, assessments and other constant factors.
With Teaching and workshop experience across the age and ability range, Dramatic Progress uses Drama as the foundation for development. From teaching in nurseries and schools we have a variety of tried and tested programmes and workshops.
Shakespeare- Probably one of the most amazing playwrights of all time, but can sometimes disengage students. Allow us to help the students access and understand timeless classics.
The Arc is a community arts venue located in Caterham, Surrey and opened in February 2010. Led by an experienced, dedicated Creative Team of actors, directors and practitioners. The Arc offers a wide range of creative, imaginative and enriching workshops, activities and events for children and young people of all ages. With plenty of free parking, delicious on-site café and bistro – The Arc is also the ideal venue for INSET training.
The Arc can offer a wide range of workshops from KS1 – KS4 including Aesop’s Fables, Greek Myths, Shakespeare, Physical Theatre as well as work on set texts, performance techniques and issues such as bullying, homophobia and disability awareness. They can also create bespoke workshops, courses and performances on any given theme, practitioner or subject matter.
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