Saturday, November 01, 2014

Shakespeare for Primary School Children

A day or half-day of interactive drama activities for Key Stage 2 based on Shakespeare's plays. Presented by drama consultant David Farmer, these workshops bring the stories, characters and language of Shakespeare to life. Suitable for children aged 7-11 years, the workshops are currently available in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and London. Visits further afield by arrangement.

The sessions give pupils the opportunity to investigate Shakespeare's world through a mixture of interactive drama and performance, helping them to make connections between Shakespeare's themes and our own time. Please let us know if you have a particular play or plays you would like us to focus on.

Workshop Activities

The sessions will be tailored to suit each age-group, to fit your timetable and will include several of the activities below.

Drama Games Adapted to explore the characters, stories and words of Shakespeare in a fun and educational way.

Mime and Movement Group activities to explore characxters and atmospheres through movement and mime.

Speaking the Words Find out how to speak the special rhythms used by Shakespeare and practice performing a single line in many ways and an extract from a scene.

Acting Games Learn how actors warm up by playing some games and experience how breathing exercises can help you be more creative.

Whoosh! Act out scenes and stories from Shakespeare's plays - everybody gets to play a part!

Story Jigsaw Unscramble the plot of a Shakespeare play and perform the story through freeze-frames.

The workshops are currently available to London primary schools and primary schools within 100 miles of Norwich, Norfolk.

Whole day: £425 plus travel @ 45p per mile from Norwich, Norfolk NR2.

Call David Farmer on 01603 465973 or 0797 321 7876 to find out more or email David through the Contact Page

Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometimes voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.

Mini-Downloads

mini-download-miniA range of short downloadable resources providing guidelines, tips and information about a particular area of drama. They are ideal for planning and inspiration and can be downloaded to your computer in just a few minutes.

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