A Midsummer Night’s Dream in school

On 7 December, Dr Rebecca Bullard visited Robert Piggott Junior School in Wargrave to lead a workshop with children in Year 6 (aged 10 and 11) who have been studying William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this term. Each class learned a verse from Act 2 scene 2, in which Titania (Queen of the Fairies) is protected and sung to sleep by her army of fairies. Titania was played by teaching assistant, Mrs Sharif, and both classes did an excellent job of scaring away the creatures of the forest for her and singing her a lullaby! The children did a brilliant job of thinking about how to create different kinds of atmosphere using music, their voices, and their bodies – just as actors would have done in the sixteenth century. You can read more about the workshop, and see some pictures, here.

About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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