infinite jest

Key Stage 3

"They really enjoyed it and were really engaged in the story"

Hayley Davies, Teacher, Dulwich Wood Primary


We use a range of drama techniques like hot-seating, forum theatre and role play to explore the stories, characters, relationships, language and themes in Shakespeare’s plays. We also examine the social, historical and cultural context of his plays.

Our workshops:

  • build confidence
  • examine the relevance of Shakespeare’s plays
  • explore the richness and drama of his language
  • examine how ideas and themes in the text are revealed through performance
  • open students’ eyes to different interpretations

For example... Following an Infinite Jest warm-up, we might kick off by piecing together the basic story of Macbeth using props, costume and puppets. By creating various snapshots of select moments from the play and performing them chronologically, the students begin to embed the story and hot seating them, in role, provides an excellent opportunity for them to make fresh, original connections with the characters. We might then ask the students to devise a film trailer for their own version of Macbeth. They will use their own words and references as well as original text. This exercise generates debate about the story, themes and dilemmas in light of their own life experiences. They will understand the difference between poetry and prose, recognise different rhythms, and play out how these might be interpreted. We might round off the workshop with an improvisation that examines the differences between our lives now and what they might have been like in Shakespeare’s time.

  • Infinite Jest : 'Twelfth Night workshop'.
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