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The Players thrill Wenona

This week, Bell Shakespeare’s The Players returned for 2021 with two of their most popular shows visiting Wenona, bringing dynamic, entertaining and enriching Shakespeare performances to our Year 8 and Year 9 English students.

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The 50-minute performances were paired with a 10-minute Q&A for an action-packed hour of Shakespeare immersion. Plus, each show came with its own comprehensive Online Learning Pack to ensure that the teachers and students could make the most of the performance with pre- and post-show resources and exercises.

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Each performance explored key scenes and soliloquies, analysis of Shakespeare’s language choices and themes, and a contemporary commentary all wrapped up in a fresh, modern narrative.

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Love, hate, laughs, revenge, brawls, swords, marriage, life and death – it’s fair to say that Romeo and Juliet has it all. The Year 8 students joined The Players to follow Shakespeare’s rebellious teens from youthful innocence to tragic conclusion. Featuring analysis of language techniques, character motivation and narrative devices. Such Sweet Sorrow was an interactive experience that kept students on the edge of their seats, from first sight to final breath.

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Year 9 became a fly on the wall when two actors and a director took on the Scottish play in rehearsal, with illuminating and entertaining results. In this immersive and interactive show, The Players played and replayed famous scenes and soliloquies from Macbeth. We witnessed the play’s trajectory blur with the actors’ own journeys, illuminating key motivations, themes, language techniques and plot devices. The show celebrated theatre-making, great storytelling and the power of the imagination.