Our Lower III girls had the opportunity to delve into the wonderful world of Shakespeare this week with both a performance and a unique workshop exploring ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’. Through interpretive movement, the girls worked to decode some of the play’s more complex lines and break down the barriers presented by the often challenging syntax.
We were reminded that while a modern audience can enjoy the advanced effects of our contemporary theatre to garner meaning, an Elizabethan playgoer would be instructed primarily through the movement and speech of the actors. An aspect of this ‘movement’ explored was that of stage fighting - with the girls learning how to engage in some fearsome Shakespearean duels that would have any audience wincing! The girls then finished the workshop by performing some very energetic snippets of the play to the rest of the class.