London theatre trip to study ShakespearePosted: 24th June 2019
Students’ understanding of Shakespeare was given a boost with a trip to a London theatre.
Year 7 students from Burnt Mill Academy spent a day at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, on the Southbank.
The group of 60 students were given a tour of the theatre, learnt about its history and how the stage operates, from rigging to trap doors.
They also visited the rehearsal rooms and took part in a workshop focusing on The Tempest.
English teacher Dolleen Howlett said: “Students were asked to consider how power shifts between Prospero and Caliban in the first Act of the play. They explored how both Shakespeare’s language and the physicality of the character can demonstrate status. They will be able to use this contextual knowledge to enhance their understanding of The Tempest.
“Year 7 impressed with their knowledge of the characters and some fantastic acting.”
The day included a look around the theatre’s exhibition, where students got to look at original maps of the Globe, artefacts and videos of various plays.