Nexus students from Year 9 and 10 attended a very special screening of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. With access to exclusive behind the stage footage and interviews with the main characters and director, the students were able to witness a Shakespeare play come alive on the stage.
In this production, the RSC turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head but making this society a matriarchy instead of a patriarchy. This version of the play explores a world in which women ruled and men submitted to authority. This provides a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.
In addition to the screening, our students were invited to attend a workshop in which the themes of the play were explored and links were made to the wider historical and social context. Students were encouraged to make links between this play and other Shakespearean plays. They were also encouraged to engage in some dramatic readings of the play and create their own perspective on the action! Students engaged enthusiastically with both the screening and the workshop and it was a delight to see them revelling in the language, drama and energy of Shakespeare’s works.