Season/School Year 2015 -16
Classes 10-13 including EF-Q2 (Age 15-20+) GUEST PLAYS:
"Shakespeare's Bottom" or "Getting to the Bottom of Shakespeare" by Kelly Griffiths
"Shakespeare's Bottom" or "Getting to the Bottom of Shakespeare" written by our guest writer Kelly Griffiths, is a play where the meeting of Shakespeare’s characters happens live in your school/college. We meet Bottom and Flute from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" who take us on a whirlwind tour of some of Shakespeare's plays.
What happens when the idiots of Shakespeare try to make sense of his work? From Romeo & Juliet to Macbeth we follow and assist Flute and Bottom as they attempt to find inspiration from 'The Complete works of Shakespeare' for their up-and-coming production of 'Pyramus and Thisbe'. They will face classic challenges such as gender swapping, multi-rolling and, of course, making sense of the rich yet mind-boggling text. As you can imagine, Flute and Bottom will require as much help as they can get and so will facilitate getting the audience involved to create atmosphere, scenery and will even dish out some lines for the students to perform. So join us in our one hour romp through some of Shakespeare's most famous texts and enjoy learning about this English legend! A truly exciting and revealing look into the works of The Bard.
Classes 7-10 (Age 13-16):
“Echoes - The Loss of Lilly” by Kristi-Anne Seth - a moving play about cyber-bullying and its consequences. A thought provoking theatre play providing some insights and solutions into this ever increasing problem. Written in modern English the audience follows the stories of two characters, Lilly and Ryan. In parallel worlds, that eventually cross, both teenagers are subject to cyberbullying and the damaging effect it can have. What starts out as harmless texting and surfing soon becomes a nightmare. Who are their friends? Where should they go to get help? What can they do to stop the bullying? Did they do anything to deserve this? Through the ups and downs of a roller-coaster ride of emotions; from laughter to tears, to joy, anger and fear, the path Lilly and Ryan walk is a lonely one. The actors provide an authentic and sensitive portrayal of teenagers in distress, which is sure to touch all who witness the play and who use technology today.
Classes 5 - 6 (Age 10-12):
“Captain Jack" by Kristi-Anne Seth is an adventurous pirate musical, which takes the audience on an exciting journey in search of the lost treasure of the infamous pirate Black Dog Peterson! The loyal heroine (Mary) disguises herself as a seaman in order to board the ship of the famous Captain Jack, sail the oceans, and bring the riches back to England and her majesty Queen Elizabeth I.; but the notorious Captain has other plans in favour of himself. With tricks and turns and the help of sailor Stinky Smith, Mary develops a clever plan to capture the pirates and the gold. But will she be successful? And how? Who is Cut-throat Locker? And what shall we do with the drunken sailor? Prepare your sea legs for a highly entertaining performance and find out for yourself! This swashbuckling adventure combines music, movement and fantasy to motivate early active language learning. Using highly visual theatre techniques, the musical is written in Basic English to appeal to a wide range of audiences. A perfect way to encourage your students!
Primary School & Elementary level
Classes 3/4 – 5/6 (Age 8-12):
„The Giant’s Treasure“- a musical by Kristi-Anne Seth
Based on the classic story of “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “The Giant’s Treasure” is a lively and simple musical to enchant and bewitch young audiences.
Jack and his mother are very poor. All they own is a cow called Blossom. One day the mother asks Jack to take Blossom to market to get some money. Sadly Jack agrees. On the way to market he meets an old woman who is going to the market to buy a cow. What luck! The old lady tells Jack that she will buy the cow and give him something that will answer his heart’s desire. She gives Jack some magic beans.
Jack is not convinced that taking the beans is a good idea; but before he has a chance to say no the old lady has disappeared. He throws the beans away and a tall beanstalk grows right up into the sky.
Feeling brave; Jack climbs to the top of the beanstalk and there he meets a Princess and a Giant. The Giant has three treasures. A goose that lays golden eggs, a harp that sings by itself and a bag of gold that is never empty. Unfortunately the Giant comes home early, “Fi Fi Fo Fum, I smell the blood of an English man”. Can Jack escape from The Giant? Will the Princess help him?
Jack climbs down the beanstalk, but will the Giant follow him? Luckily the Giant sleeps and all is well. Jack and his mother are now very rich and live happily ever after.
„The Giant’s Treasure“ is a brilliant way to motivate the children at an early stage of their English learning; to encourage an active use of the language and to help boost their confidence.