Key stage 2 is excited about Young Shakespeare Company visit at the end of the month. The actors perform Shakespeare’s tale of magic, comedy and drama in a fast-moving fully-costumed promenade-style production. The play is brought vividly to life around and among the children, at times including the whole audience to create such dramatic scenes as the storm that wrecks Prospero’s boat and the magical banquet with which the spirits of the island trick Prospero’s enemies.
Throughout the performance the children become actively involved in the play through a carefully structured range of drama and language activities. They are encouraged to explore the motives, thoughts and feelings of the characters. Volunteers from among the children are also chosen to become individual characters in the story and all the children have the opportunity to speak and enjoy Shakespeare’s words in short, accessible sections.