Pupils visit the Globe for Shakespeare Study Day
On Monday, we hosted our first Shakespeare Study Day in connection with Shakespeare's Globe theatre. Old Citizen, Dr Will Tosh, visited CLS in his capacity as a research fellow at the Globe, and delivered a talk with Dr Jennifer Edwards in the Great Hall to 200 sixth form pupils from various independent schools.
Their topic was Shakespeare’s language in context and the development of theatres from outdoor to indoor performance spaces in the Early Modern period. It was absolutely fascinating and gave pupils a great idea of what it would be like to study English at university.
Following this, the pupils moved over to the Globe theatre for a series of workshops based upon their chosen texts, and the day culminated in a plenary lecture in the Sam Wanamaker theatre, where pupils ‘directed’ a team of actors in scenes from Hamlet and King Lear, to consider the multiplicity of ways in which the lines on the page can be interpreted in performance.
It gave pupils a great idea of what it would be like to study English at university.