The Tempest comes to Cornwall
Nearly 300 pupils got together for an amazing day of teacher led workshops and performances at Richard Lander School. This day was the culmination of a terms work around the Tempest by William Shakespeare and aimed to promote reading and writing by exploring different ideas and ways of telling a story.
During the project the children worked with actors from The Young Shakespeare Company to immerse and excite them into the story. Then they worked on individual projects in their schools where they wrote poems, created music, played games, made puppets, used drama, watched film clips, devised game shows and developed story sacks or prop boxes to name just a few of the ideas they used when telling the Tempest.
Each child who took part in the project received one of Shakespeare’s stories. This project was funded by a grant from the Clore Foundation and was organised by Karen Utting the Head teacher of Treyew Primary. The schools who took part were: Bosvigo, Cusgarne, Mithian, Mount- Hawke Academy, Richard Lander, Shortlanesend, St Agnes, and Treyew
‘The whole day was fantastic and went from one amazing performance to another. Every child showed off their superb talents and learning around the Tempest to a roomful of awed spectators. Performances ranged from a life sized puppet show to Samba and drama with pupils having learnt quotes from the end of the play.”
Karen Utting, Headteacher Treyew Primary.
Zak Minett (Y7) from Press Pack wrote this report:
On Friday the 22nd, Richard Lander Year 7 Gifted and Talented, in collaboration Year 4 -6 students from Mount Hawke, Bosvigo, Treyew, Shortlanesend, Cusgarne, Mithian and St Agnes , all performed their own takes on one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays - The Tempest - which is a play about an evil duke who kills off his brother in order to gain his title, but 12 years later his decisions come back to haunt him.
There were many different inventive performances many of which combined drama with music, some showing amazing puppetry – both papier mache and shadow puppets - and 2 incredible Samba displays. There was also a version of The Jeremy Kyle Show, under the name of ' The Gonzalo Show' by the students of Richard Lander which explored each characters personality and thoughts on all the events in the play.
Ethan King was involved in the project which started at the beginning of the year Paul, an actor from the Royal Shakespeare Company came into school and told us all about the main plot of the tempest. Ethan commented on the experience.
'It was a tremendous experience modernising the tempest and using our own ideas''.
The day itself started off with a rotation workshop session, where mixed groups of children from each primary school and a student from Richard Lander tried out activities such as samba, creating a sound scape of the tempest, using adjectives to describe the main characters, drawing with your wrong hands, and many other fun activities. After lunch, the performances took place and it was interesting to see the different ways each school had interpreted the script.
Ms H Taylor, English Teacher at RLS said
'' It was an absolutely fantastic day. All the students produced unique performances. I was very proud of our yr7's and very impressed with the primary students too!''