High School

Shakespeare As You Write It 2018

By Brendon Bennetts • For ages 11-18 yrs, Terms 1-4


Back again by popular demand for its fourth outing!

"Shakespeare: As You Write It" is a hilarious tribute to the plays of the Bard and a hugely entertaining way of familiarising your students with Shakespeare.

Three actors collaborate with the audience to create a brand new Shakespearean play. Using a popular film chosen by the audience, as well as a bunch of pop culture references, buzz words and anything else the audience decide to throw at us, we will create an improvised play utilising Shakespeare's most common conventions. This highly adaptable and versatile show can be used to connect students with Shakespeare's work across all abilities and year levels - from full on Shakespeare geeks to those who can't tell their wenches from their wrenches.

We'll look under the hood of Shakespeare's work, explore his world and recreate his obstacles, as the building blocks of Shakespearean theatre - scenes, similes, soliloquies and sword fights, poetry, prose and iambic pentameter - are all mixed together in a witches’ brew of fun-filled theatre!

Your students will laugh so much they won’t realise how much they have learned!

Our students LOVED the engagement of the show, our teachers enjoyed the scene descriptions and added moments about why Shakespeare did what he did and our community found it motivating to write and produce our own plays. Very inspiring! KELSTON INTERMEDIATE, AUCKLAND

Wonderful performance. Excellent engagement with the students and very helpful as an introduction to Shakespeare. ACG SUNDERLAND COLLEGE, AUCKLAND

"As You Write It" was an absolute treat for our girls who thoroughly enjoyed it; I have had a lot of positive feedback so, thank you for being witty, funny, confident, brilliant role models and for weaving in so much education about Shakespeare at the same time. COLUMBA COLLEGE, DUNEDIN

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