The Merchant of Venice Workshop (12+ Years) 2022

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Discover The Merchant of Venice in this practical and interactive workshop, designed for the over 12s, in Shakespeare’s original performance space.

Drawing on the Globe’s transformational anti-racist approach to Shakespeare, the session is designed for young people with an interest in Drama or English Literature. It uses a range of activities and games designed to draw out elements of the play’s language, characters and themes through practical drama activities.

Encouraging the development of an informed personal response to the play, underpinned by understanding the play’s relationship to the unique performance conditions of the Globe, this session provides the perfect headstart or accompaniment to your GCSE English Literature studies. No previous experience is required, just a desire to jump in and enjoy exploring one of his most thought-provoking plays.

The Merchant of Venice places stereotype and prejudice at the heart of society, with dramatic plot twists that subvert our expectations. Should our sympathies lie with Antonio, the Christian Merchant, or Shylock, the Jewish moneylender? Place the text and characters under the microscope and see what lies beneath the surface.

Workshops will be led by one of the Globe’s highly experienced educational practitioners who include actors, teachers and directors.

All that glisters is not gold

Tickets must be purchased by over 18s, but this event is designed for young people 12+ to attend without parents/carers (i.e., this is not an event for whole families). Drop off/pick up will be in the main foyer of Shakespeare’s Globe.



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This event takes place on-site at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Running time is approximately 2 hour

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Terms and conditions
A £2.50 transaction fee per order applies online and over the telephone. All children under 18 must be accompanied to the Globe with an adult. Accompanying adults do not require a ticket nor are they required to remain in the workshop room, but they must remain on the Globe site for the entirety of the workshop.

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