Students often struggle to understand the demands of literary analysis of dramatic works, which have a separate life in the theatre independent of life on the shelf. In order to make students conscious of the performative qualities of drama, teachers often ask students to enact portions of the play. While dramatising the text is useful, the process can be further enhanced by having the students interrogate the text on a deeper and more personal level.
Students need to understand that a play is theatrical and laden with subtext. Hence, they need strategies to explore these hidden meanings in order to develop a more comprehensive understanding of it. In this workshop, the instructor will explore how drama can be used as a medium, not simply for realising performance, but effective deconstruction of a dramatic work. Teachers will learn about facilitating ensemble performances using examples from Shakespearean works including The Merchant of Venice – a text recommended for Lower Secondary Literature.
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