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Bringing Shakespeare Alive and Solving Crimes with AS Creatives

 Professional theatre practitioner comes to PTC to work with our Key Stage 3 students

During our last PSHE day, our Year 8 students had a one hour interactive drama-based workshop from AS Creatives. The Shakespeare workshop was delivered by a professional theatre practitioner who actively built on prior knowledge to support pupils in understanding Shakespeare’s stories and characters.  The workshop was called “Blood Will Have Blood”.  Details are below.

“Macbeth” takes place over a number of years and across a wide swathe of territory in both Scotland and England – but Speeded-Up Shakespeare will take your pupils through the entire narrative in as little as an hour! Mixing whole group activity, classic drama exercises, structured improvisation and grappling with the text, students will investigate and re-enact a number of landmark moments in the play. Depending on the time available, these will be drawn from the Final Battle with Norway, the first encounter with the Weird Sisters, the Death of Duncan, the Ghost at the Feast, the Fate of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s Last Stand. – AS Creatives

The workshop explored the importance of backstories, narrative structure, characterisation, cause and effect, simple stagecraft, the role of verse.

One of the opening activities on the day was a timed task for groups of students to make human sculptures of objects associated with the Macbeth play.

students building a human castle

more students making a human castle

students making human sculpture

more students making human sculptures

Last week our guest joined us again to work with Year 7 in their English classes delivering a CSI: Reading Skills workshop.

students in the CSI workshop

 Specifically designed to support students in making those connections between different ways of “reading”, CSI: Reading Skills sees them working in small teams to help out in a time of national emergency – because a briefcase containing some Top Secret plans was discovered on the 8.42 to Little Padworth, destined for an Enemy Power. The only clues to the identity of the traitor are to be found in a pile of old train tickets, recipe, book reviews and faded photographs. If “read” correctly, however, they’ll allow the pupils to discover who took the plans – and why.  - AS Creatives

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