Shakespeare in Schools- FocalVocal
Aim of the workshops:
To demystify the complexities surrounding Shakespeare.
To engage pupils in key stages 3, 4 and 5 in a highly interactive way and enable them to come to grips with the new form of GCSE assessment in English Literature and Language and GCE in English Literature.
Understand what is expected at the various levels/bands and help achieve A* (We have ensured that we are very well acquainted with the syllabus and exam requirements for Edexcel, AQA, OCR, WJEC and Cambridge IGCSE examining boards).
How do the workshops work?
The workshops employ forum theatre, hot-seating and role-play with a team of FocalVocal actors, plus a facilitator such as Monica (Edexcel examiner 983818) who is or has worked as a teacher/examiner.
The actors include RSC members and English graduates.
The Shakespeare texts we currently cover are:
Romeo and Juliet.
Much Ado About Nothing.
The Merchant of Venice.
The forum theatre session will involve pupils first of all getting to see the scene performed and staged incorrectly, normally in a humorous manner. The pupils are divided into two teams, each supporting one or two actors. The respective teams are asked to direct their actors in such a manner until both are happy with the final performance.
The forum theatre process will include the pupils hot-seating with the actors; asking questions about themes, relationships and characterisation; analysing language used; directing the actors; and, if they feel confident, even role-playing with them! At the end of the forum theatre session pupils are divided into smaller groups and placed onto a carousel where they explore with the actors and facilitator characterisation, themes, relationships, stage craft and analysis of language used in greater depth. It is hoped that such a highly participative and entertaining way of presenting Shakespearean texts, will enable pupils to engage with the very issues they in turn have to write about in their GCSE exam and coursework.
How long is a workshop?
According to the number of students a school would like to train, we offer three options:
Option One: One forum theatre session of one hour and a half covering two scenes of the schools choice taken from a list of options FocalVocal provides at time of booking. Training up to 60 pupils. (a whole year group is also possible)
Option Two: Half a day. Two forum theatre sessions of one hour and a half each, covering two or four scenes of the school?s choice taken from a list of options FocalVocal provides at time of booking. Training up to 60 or 120 pupils. ( a whole year group is also possible)
Option Three: Whole day. Three forum theatre sessions of one hour and a half each, covering two, four or six scenes of the school?s choice taken from a list of options FocalVocal provides at time of booking. Training up to 60 or 180 pupils. (a whole year group is also possible)
When, where and to whom do we offer these workshops?
One full day revision workshops during Easter and Summer Holidays for individual students, up to 60, at a venue in Central London.
At your school during term time, at present we are working with schools in inner, outer London and fringe.
Pupils in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5
Helping the GCSE and GCE pupil achieve A*
KS3 Age 11-13, KS4 Age 14-16, KS5 Age 16-18