A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2021 Playing Shakespeare

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Welcome to the Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2021 dedicated online learning area. Designed for teachers and students, this online resource for A Midsummer Night’s Dream will provide a range of engaging classroom activities that reflect the National Curriculum for English and the Assessment Objectives for GCSE and A-Level English Literature.

It will also give you a chance to glimpse behind the scenes and see how the director and the cast create the world of the play, thus allowing Drama students to learn more about the process behind creating our interpretation of Shakespeare’s text. Read on to discover what will be added as we prepare for Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2021!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Each character will have their own page with a profile, photographs and interviews with the actor playing them, and our character map visualises the relationships between these characters.

The Language page will provide articles written by our Research Department, a scene by scene synopsis and the ability to explore key scenes. Our Interactive Text pages will provide definitions of the literary techniques Shakespeare uses, with highlighted examples, and our Animated Quotations will support students in recalling the imagery that sits behind key text.

The Backstage area will take students through the whole process of building a production from designing the mood boards for the play, to designing a set, creating costumes and writing a review for the play. The Backstage Blog will provide fascinating insights into how the cast, working with the director and other theatre professionals, add flesh and bones to the characters. It will also provide insights into other departments within Shakespeare’s Globe that bring this project to life, such as Marketing and Digital roles, to give students a wider understanding of careers within theatre.

Lesson activities will be added to our Staffroom section, to develop understanding of the language, context, characters and themes of the play, and how to work with text in performance.

Over the next six months, the site will be updated with new blogs, videos and other resources throughout our rehearsal and production weeks, so remember to bookmark us and to check back often for updates!

RESOURCES

Get a taster for what kind of resources you will find on our dedicated A Midsummer Night’s Dream site below. You will find interactive text allowing literary insight into key scenes, and Staging It which gives you the opportunity to direct your favourite moments in the play.

 

INTERACTIVE TEXT

A unique interactive text by Shakespeare’s Globe.

This resource allows you to explore the language of key scenes in Shakespeare’s play in a variety of ways, simplifying and enhancing your experience of reading Shakespeare.

STAGING IT

Direct your own Act II, Scene 2 with our Staging It interactive

Staging It is an interactive film that allows anyone to ‘direct a scene’ at Shakespeare’s Globe. It fuses specially created footage, filmed on location at the world famous Globe stage, with ground breaking custom made software. It allows a user to compile a scene by choosing from a selection of clips provided.

Try it for yourself!

STAGING IT: HOW IT WORKS

Two actors are filmed performing a duologue on the Globe stage or in Globe rehearsal spaces. Each section of their speech is shot numerous times, each time performed with a different emotional state e.g. happy, angry, etc.

The user or ‘virtual director’ then views a list of the ways the actor has performed the line, watching each of the variations to help them choose. They then add their choice to a dynamic storyboard, slowly building the scene with their personally selected clips.

At the end of directing a scene, the user is asked for their name, which is seamlessly added to the end credits.

Now the scene is complete, the user can share their version:

  1. Watch it back
  2. Export and email it
  3. Upload it directly to their Facebook page or YouTube

There is no limit on how many times one can direct the scene, email it or upload it to Facebook.

OUR THANKS TO DEUTSCHE BANK

Deutsche Bank has supported an annual Playing Shakespeare production in the Globe Theatre since 2007. The 90-minute production, created especially for a schools audience, is complemented with free workshops and online activities.

18,000 free school tickets are given every year to London and Birmingham state secondary schools. Nearly half a million people watched this year’s Macbeth premiere online after our production was interrupted in March. Over 200,000 students have been given free tickets to see Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank productions at the Globe.

PERFORMANCES FOR SCHOOLS ACROSS THE UK

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank productions are designed to increase young people’s access to, and enjoyment of, Shakespeare. Wherever you are in the UK, whether you are a teacher, parent or guardian, there are ways to get involved with the project. Click on the card that best describes your situation below, for further information on how to get involved.

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