Year 6 pupils visited the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford Upon Avon on Thursday 25th February to discover what Shakespeare did and why he became so famous. They took part in energetic workshop sessions based on the themes of staging, understanding prose and how to develop characters.
The highlight for many was the opportunity to meet a wig and makeup artist from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). While regaling the children with stories of famous actors she also let slip many tricks of the trade - never use real blood, too smelly; the advantages of using pigs’ eyeballs and the multiple uses of porridge oats and pairs of tights. With shows as diverse as Titus Andronicus, Matilda and Wendy and Peter Pan, the wigs and makeup team are clearly prepared for almost anything.
Pupil, Brooke Walker, was transformed into Captain Hook, complete with a severed hand, and Cameron Elliot into a fairy princess. The day finished with the class performing a snippet from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.