Bringing the work of the Bard to life at a Daventry school

Pictured with actor Dharmesh Patel, who plays Hamlet in the production are Megan Watson ( 12 ), Tom Sommerville ( 12 ), Ryan Beau-mont ( 12 ), & Alex Newton ( 12 )
Pictured with actor Dharmesh Patel, who plays Hamlet in the production are Megan Watson ( 12 ), Tom Sommerville ( 12 ), Ryan Beau-mont ( 12 ), & Alex Newton ( 12 )
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YOUNGSTERS at schools in the town have been treated to a special performance of a Shakespeare classic.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) visited William Parker School to put on an adapted version of Hamlet designed for youngsters and the local community on Thursday last week.

A workshop were also held at the school which gave around 70 Year Eight pupils a chance to learn new skills from the performers.

The school’s head of English, Michelle Thresher said: “The workshop enabled us to focus on key moments from the narrative. The RSC actors also explored key lines with the students, using games and rhythm to engage them from the language.

“The students were enthralled to see the actors in the performance space all the time, watching costume changes and sound effects being created were just as exciting as the acting in front of them.”

The visit by the RSC is part of a five-week tour around the country and the company’s visit to Daventry was the second day of the tour.

Mrs Thresher also believes that the RSC visits go a long way in helping students to understand the Bard’s work.

She added: “The main misconception is that students believe they need to decode every word in a scene or play to understand what Shakespeare is trying to tell us. This is the difficulty.

“The RSC manifesto of ‘Doing it on your feet, ‘See it live’ and ‘Start earlier’ has transformed the ways in which we teach Shakespeare and our students have really benefited from this approach.”