Students will work on the Schools' Shakespeare Project in conjunction with colleagues at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre as part of the performance and/or production team. An experienced staff director and staff design tutor will direct and design the production, which will be presented to the public. As well as considering the challenges inherent in interpreting the text chosen for contemporary theatre audiences, students will engage in a series of practical sessions, designed to enable them to create and conduct two one-hour workshops for schoolchildren visiting the performance. Where appropriate, students will work alongside professional performers cast in specific roles in the project.
Students will be allocated as either actors, designers, stage managers or assistants to the staff director and work intensively for six weeks on producing a production of one of the GCSE or A-Level Shakespearean set texts. This will be performed in either Aberystwyth Arts Centre or one of the Studios in the Parry-Williams Building. There will be a total of eight performances of the play: five specifically designed for the school children and three for members of the general public.
Students will also undertake a series of ten two-hour practical workshops which are specifically designed to introduce them to strategies and approaches to devising, creating and executing workshops for the school children visiting the performances. Students will also be expected to participate in a post-production discussion with the audience.
At the end of the semester, students will participate in an oral examination during which they will analyse and appraise their experiences of the module.
This module is at CQFW Level 6