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‘No Chairs Shakespeare’ Visit to Warwick University

On Friday 18th March, both 8A1 and  8B1 English groups travelled to Warwick University to showcase the exciting drama based work that we have explored over the past few weeks.

Each Friday, we have participated in drama workshops all based around William Shakespeare’s play, Henry IV Part 1. We were taught by either Miss Bondre or Miss Brennan who are both very talented performers and experts in their fields. They have been finding creative ways to transform the play text onto the stage.

On leaving school, we undertook a 20 minute coach journey to Warwick University. It was hard to believe that such a well-established and prestigious university was right on our doorstep. Excited and rather nervous, we entered our performance space and quickly ate our lunch before a fifteen minute rehearsal. We were feeling anxious about the impending performance, but once we got on stage, we performed like professional actors, dazzling each other and the visitors with our wit, enthusiasm and playful energy.

Like two tribes going to war, ‘A’ half faced off against ‘B’ half.  ‘A’ half stepped up first, egged on by the ever competitive Mr Moroney. The very first group did a hilarious Jeremy Kyle skit which portrayed the relationship between the King and the Prince. The rest of the performances consisted of battles and role play which all portrayed the key themes and motifs in Henry IV; our audience were besides themselves with laughter.

When it was the ‘B’ half’s turn, representing Miss Harris, their performances offered a different interpretation on the play. For example, a group showed a boxing match between the King and Falstaff (the Prince’s companion) and the reward would be the Prince as their son. 

After all our hard work, Miss Bondre and Miss Brennan awarded us certificates for the work we had produced over the last month; we were as proud as they were. Overall, we were very proud of all our hard work and thankful to Warwick University and Miss Howe, Miss Harris, and Mr Moroney for the opportunity!                                                 Zoya Ali and Hasan Kusum, Year 8 students

 

On Friday 18th March, both 8A1 and  8B1 English groups travelled to Warwick University to showcase the exciting drama based work that we have explored over the past few weeks.

Each Friday, we have participated in drama workshops all based around William Shakespeare’s play, Henry IV Part 1. We were taught by either Miss Bondre or Miss Brennan who are both very talented performers and experts in their fields. They have been finding creative ways to transform the play text onto the stage.

On leaving school, we undertook a 20 minute coach journey to Warwick University. It was hard to believe that such a well-established and prestigious university was right on our doorstep. Excited and rather nervous, we entered our performance space and quickly ate our lunch before a fifteen minute rehearsal. We were feeling anxious about the impending performance, but once we got on stage, we performed like professional actors, dazzling each other and the visitors with our wit, enthusiasm and playful energy.

Like two tribes going to war, ‘A’ half faced off against ‘B’ half.  ‘A’ half stepped up first, egged on by the ever competitive Mr Moroney. The very first group did a hilarious Jeremy Kyle skit which portrayed the relationship between the King and the Prince. The rest of the performances consisted of battles and role play which all portrayed the key themes and motifs in Henry IV; our audience were besides themselves with laughter.

 

When it was the ‘B’ half’s turn, representing Miss Harris, their performances offered a different interpretation on the play. For example, a group showed a boxing match between the King and Falstaff (the Prince’s companion) and the reward would be the Prince as their son. 

After all our hard work, Miss Bondre and Miss Brennan awarded us certificates for the work we had produced over the last month; we were as proud as they were. Overall, we were very proud of all our hard work and thankful to Warwick University and Miss Howe, Miss Harris, and Mr Moroney for the opportunity!                                                 Zoya Ali and Hasan Kusum, Year 8 students