by William Eyerly, Oak Hall School

Students develop a full understanding of the theatre of Shakespeare's day in order to form their own theatrical company, select an appropriate scene to rewrite and update in their own vernacular and experience, and finally produce a video of their performance of the adapted material for presentation.

Introduction

Part of learning about drama is developing an understanding of the styles used in that art form. One way to do that is to create your own play by temporarily becoming a particular artist and seeing the world through their eyes. So Grab your quill pen and let's journey back in time over 400 years to the beginnings of modern drama in Elizabethan England during Europe's Renaissance. We will investigate the life and times of William Shakespeare, history's greatest playwright, and bring his work to life in our own words for modern audiences.