SHAKESPEARE PROJECT

Workshop: German Pupil Course Weimar, 2016

Shakespeare hands-on

The theme of this year's thematic workshop was Shakespeare and drama, to celebrate 400 years since Shakespeare's death and the special link between Weimar and Shakespeare - as Weimar is steeped in German literary history (Goethe and Schiller) and it is the headquarters of the German Shakespeare Society. Here you can read the report from Group Leader, Kikko Kawashima, on what pupils from both countries discussed and what they discovered through performing.

Setting the scene - rehearsal time

Twelve British and five German students took part in this teatrical challenge. After a short introduction to Shakespeare's life, time and works, the students formed four groups with at least one German to focus on either a comic scene from Anthony and Cleopatra where the lovers quarrel or the scene from Macbeth where Lady Macbeth persuades her husband to go through with the assassination of King Duncan. The groups first read the scenes aloud, then discussed the meaning of the scene in German - the British students helping the Germans to gain a better understanding. They then analysed the key themes and literary techniques used to convey the relationship between the characters, making mind-maps.

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