Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

The Tempest Recreation That Went Down a Storm

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

The Tempest Recreation That Went Down a Storm

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For the beginning of my drama scheme of work on The Tempest, I wanted to create a sense of the sea, a storm and a shipwreck to represent the opening of Shakespeare's play.

The look of wonder on the students' faces when they opened the door to find a dimly lit studio full of stormy sounds and sea-themed props was priceless. It was a complete change from the usual rowdy but enthusiastic beginning of most lessons. They were curious, surprised and instantly engaged by the sense of atmosphere that they would soon be asked to replicate.

Adopting the basics of Japanese Noh theatre, I split the class and tasked them with reproducing the scene I had presented - but using drama rather than the resources I had employed.

The first group had to choreograph a short movement piece, using traverse staging, to represent a ship caught up in a storm. The second group was asked to create a soundscape for the storm using their own voices, some instruments and objects in the room - walls, radiators and bins, for example. …

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