This week year six enjoyed a trip to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as part of their English unit of work on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
The day started with a talk in the theatre itself during which the children learnt about the history of The Globe, the structure of the theatre and the roles of different characters in Shakespeare’s plays. After the talk, the children had the opportunity to complete a drama workshop in a studio used by the actors and actresses themselves for rehearsals. The workshop leader introduced a range of activities around a scene between Demetrius and Helena, two of the lovers in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The children had to create still images of parts of the scene, using body language or single words to convey the emotions in Demetrius and Helena’s relationship. At the end, the children had the opportunity to learn lines from the play and perform their scene. After a delicious lunch, the children went to the exhibition in The Globe which covered its history and the history of London during Shakespeare’s time. They saw some of the costumes used in the plays, learned some of the phrases coined by Shakespeare and saw a performance of a sword.