- Written by Mrs V Willis
On the 6th November 2013 the whole of year 9 went on a trip to the Marlowe Theatre to watch a Shakespeare production of The Merchant of Venice. The play was very interesting and the language was well spoken. Although the stage was small they used the space very well and made it look bigger. Also the special effects like the blood and fake eye being pulled out looked very realsitic! In the play the actors were all men to coincide with the Shakespeare theme, as women weren’t allowed to act in shakespearean times. We had been analyzing the play in our English lessons learning about the language and the history in those days
Year 12 IB Literature students took a trip to London on Tuesday 5th November to see the award winning production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the night-time’ We have been studying the book in class and it was fascinating to see how they brought the book and the character of Christopher to life and it has definitely helped with our studies of the book in class.
We thoroughly enjoyed the staging and the actor portraying Christopher gave a very convincing performance. We also did a great job of independently navigating ourselves around London, only getting lost in rush hour tube traffic once!
As part of King Ethelbert’s partnership with the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company), Andrew Dawson (from the Marlowe Theatre) came in to the school, to deliver a drama workshop for year 9 students on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Students have been studying The Merchant of Venice in both English and Drama. Each year 9 form group had a 60 minute session where they devised small scenes from the play to help with their understanding of characters and themes. The aim of the workshop was to encourage students to engage actively with Shakespeare’s work and language. It also prepared students for the visit to The Marlowe to see a performance of the play. Students thoroughly enjoyed their sessions and would like to thank Andrew for his fantastic delivery of the workshop. This was an exciting end to the term for both staff and students and is just the beginning of the many opportunities King Ethelbert’s students will be able to take part in thanks to the RSC partnership.
On the 24th October, as part of our IGCSE preparation, 10Y1 took a trip to the Carlton Cinema in Westgate, to see ‘Captain Phillips’, a new film about an American cargo ship that gets hijacked by Somali Pirates. We’ve been using newspaper articles from the event to practise skills such as paraphrasing. It was a nice way to round off the term, as we’ve been working hard on our controlled assessments. We would all like to thank Miss Spenner, Miss Millership and all the other members of staff for arranging it and booking the tickets.