“What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?” quipped Year 8 students partaking in the Lively Action workshop at the Globe theatre this week. Congratulations must go to all students who threw themselves into the roles of Benedick and Beatrice, following their study of Much Ado About Nothing in class this term. The day began with a coach journey to sunny Bankside and a quick stop at the gift shop for obligatory wooden swords and Jacobean flower crowns. Following a tour of the current 22-year-old Globe theatre and a brief history lesson on the demise of the former theatres, we stepped inside to watch the actors rehearse a production of Macbeth. For many, seeing a ‘behind the scenes’ taste of life on stage was a firm highlight of the day.
For others, the acting workshops stole the show as students received pointers from professionals. Special commendation must go to those who won badges for their outstanding acting and participation. The Southwark tour at the end of the day provided a wealth of facts for both students and staff to take away: from bear baiting to beer swilling, Shakespeare’s Southwark had it all. As the rain poured with impeccable comedic timing on 8 East, we were reminded that ‘all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players’.