“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”
The exact day of William Shakespeare’s birth in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon is not recorded, but it is generally celebrated on 23 April. Precisely on that day, 455 years later, two visiting actors from The Globe Theatre London have made the plays, characters and language of some of Shakespeare’s plays come alive for Early Years, Primary and Secondary students at ICS!
Encouraging students to participate in a variety of lively workshops that focused on some of the Bard of Avon’s well-known plays, for three consecutive days actors Olivia Mace and Conor Short did away with any doubts our Primary and Middle School students may have had about interacting with Shakespeare’s works.
An enchanting storytelling puppet introduced Early Years students to The Tempest in the Primary library, while students from Kindergarten through Grade 5 came together in the Primary Atrium to explore the intrigues, pranks, and conniving trickery of the characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Middle School students were introduced to Julius Caesar and Macbeth, plays that deal with corruption and power and are still relevant today, and Grade 11 students analysed excerpts from Hamlet, taking a closer look at Shakespeare’s use of language.
The exceptional “Shakespeare experience” our students shared with the actors last week is just one example of the excellent and informative events our Primary and Secondary libraries host for students and the entire community throughout the school year.
Learning happens everywhere at ICS, and as the Bard so aptly wrote, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”