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The Royal Shakespeare Company's Playmaking Festival

A small group of Year 10 drama students reimagined a scene from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream’, in May, as part of our ongoing work with The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Marlowe Theatre.

The focus was Bottom’s transformation and the students decided to imagine they were at a 1970’s music festival when Bottom is snuck up upon and transformed. Students rehearsed, refined and finally performed and filmed the scene at The Marlowe Theatre’s Kit building with Spark Films.



The 3 minute scene has now been edited and made a part of a longer piece in which all schools from the Kent cluster of the project have been a part of under the heading ‘More Strange than True’.


The piece includes the following stars from Year 10: Cameron as a mischievous Puck, Charlie as baffled Bottom, Courtney as frustrated Quince, Molly as sleeping Titania, Flora as startled Snout and Stanley as Flute. The students took the idea of the 1970’s festival and brought it into their costume and interpretation of Shakespeare’s characters. They were also very lucky to have the The Royal Harbour Academy Art department create Bottom’s transformed head for the piece too.


Miss Young and Miss Spenner were incredibly proud of the students for their dedication to the project work they’ve been doing, it takes a lot of skill to be able to constantly repeat moments in a performance for them to be filmed.

“We are extremely proud of our students and what they have achieved. This is a reminder of how important the arts and Shakespeare is to young people as it provides them with many incredible opportunities” said Miss Spenner. “I highly recommend watching the piece online, whilst it is only a small snippet of what the students have achieved, it’s a brilliant snapshot of their talents”.

The final piece can be found at:

https://www.rscplaymaking.org.uk/




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