English Literature students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull have been embellishing their learning with a visit to the theatre and a workshop with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
50 Year 12 A level English Literature students attended the Royal Shakespeare Company’s education centre last week to participate in a workshop on ‘Othello’. William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ is one of their set texts as part of their English Literature studies. The workshops were run by Associate Directors of the RSC and involved students exploring the performance aspects of the text in a way it is not possible to do in the classroom.
Fi Ross, Associate Director of the RSC, commented:
“The students were open to ideas and challenges and worked with the text with insight and rigour.”
English teacher Elizabeth Davies added:
“The RSC workshop was a great event for the students to participate in. It helped bring the text to life for them and provided insights that will help them to stretch their learning.”
The students gained a great deal from the experience; Zoe Xifaras (aged 16, from Lapworth) said: “The workshop greatly helped my understanding of the relationships between characters in ‘Othello’ and the active approach of the workshop made the play more relatable.”
This workshop followed hot on the heels of a visit to the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham to see the stage adaption of ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, which is also an exam text this year.
10 November 2017