Book Week Celebrations: Young Shakespeare Co Workshops
During Book Week the YSC joined the Linden Lodge School for workshops with all the Minerva classes and also SF02.
Actor and producer, Andrew, led the workshops and the students enjoyed every moment. Students are working on Shakespeare productions for their Arts Award and this workshop will form an important part of the portfolios they are producing. The school trustees funded the workshops and the students wanted to send a special thanks to them for giving them this amazing opportunity.
Here is what the students think:
"The way Andrew did it, was quite fantastic and entertaining. The voices being different for each character brought it to life." -R, Minerva 2 student
"It was the best in the world! The sound effects made it so realistic. I felt like I was in Scotland with the castles and the horses. The battlefields had a gruesome atmosphere and Macbeth got what he deserved!" - A, Minerva 2 student
I like how Andrew described every detail. He used a good pace and didn’t rush like some people do. He had good enthusiasm. I liked the part where Macduff takes revenge against Macbeth, and the part where Lady Macbeth leads Macbeth to conceal Duncan’s murder. - M, Minerva 2 student
‘Andy’s delivery was excellent’ says J ‘I was wondering how it would work over zoom, with some of us in school and some of us at home, but it worked really well’. G agreed stating that she ‘really liked the whole thing’. - Minerva 3 students
Andy gave us lots of new ideas focusing on The Bard’s play. ‘Andy was very funny, he made lots of funny jokes’ says F, ‘I enjoyed the music, I enjoyed the voices of the characters’. ‘Doing the plays in workshop was very fun, I was laughing a lot’ said A. Not only was the work shop very fun, and our host ‘very funny’, but the whole class felt like they learnt a lot; A says ‘I liked hearing the play in new way’, and J and L agreed; ‘I was nice having the play from a completely new viewpoint, which I had not considered’. - Minerva 3 students
“Our input felt very valued, he took our ideas on board’ said L, and A confirmed ‘he answered my questions and listened to what I liked in the play, I liked when we talked about the forest’. - Minerva 3 students
‘One of the best afternoons I’ve ever had’ says J ‘I would strongly recommend booking a workshop with the Young Shakespeare Company, everything was really good, it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon’ - J, Minerva 3 student
Here is what Andrew thought about his time with us:
What an amazing bunch!'
'That was so fun!'
'Not gonna lie - by far my favourite workshops I've ever done!'
And finally, here are the poems that the Minerva classes have sent to Andrew and the YSC to thank them for such an amazing experience. Minerva 2 have even written one in Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter.
A Thank You to Andrew and the YSC
By Minerva 2
In pentameter we now write to you.
We enjoyed just everything that you do.
You inspired us with your brilliant workshop.
We’ve never had a better time at school.
You are certainly the actor who’s most cool.
Your Shakespeare – fascinating, funny too.
We loved your performance – wonderful stuff!
We all could never really get enough.
We’re all so keen to see you once again.
After this, Shakespeare is just not the same.
To the YSC and Andrew
By Minerva 3
Thank you the great adventure,
To Shakespeare’s script we did enter,
We journeyed back to ancient Athens,
And heard of a tale of lovers passions,
Through a magical forest we were taken,
And from our summer’s dream we did awaken.
Dearest Andy, we’d like to thank you,
We really appreciate all you do,
Your interpretations of Puck and Bottom,
Will certainly not be soon forgotten,
Thank you a for perfect afternoon,
We hope to see you again very soon.
A Poem for Young Shakespeare Co and Andrew!
By Minerva 1
Extraordinary, amazing, spectacular and silly.
Fantastic, you literally made me jump for joy!
Tremendous, fabulous, cool, awesome.
You made me travel to the haunted forest.
Enchanting, mysterious, scary and mesmerizing.
You brought the characters onto my sofa.
Transforming, hypnotic, marvellous, enhancing.
I could hear the magic all around me.
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