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Manchester High School for Girls


A group of A-level English Literature students were whisked away on a thrilling theatrical residential in Stratford between 12th and 14th June.

Stratford ResidentialDuring their trip, the girls saw three tragedies; John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

They also attended a workshop led by a Royal Shakespeare Company actor, and explored themes, characterisation and language from The Duchess of Malfi. The girls got some useful tips from the professional as they acted out some of the scenes.

Mrs Taylor, Head of the English Department, commented: “This trip was designed to give our A-level students a sense of how a text can be brought to life on stage and how different directors make choices which can affect our understanding of a text. They also learned how staging, props and costume contribute meaning as well as the words they read in a script.

“The workshop helped the girls interrogate detail from the script and understand how it could be performed in various ways to illustrate different meanings.”

The girls had a tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company and visited their The Play’s the Thing exhibition. Mrs Taylor explained: “It was a wonderful costume exhibition where the girls got the chance to see various props, costumes and behind the scenes photographs showcasing the history of the RSC and its actors.”

It was a memorable trip filled with hands-on exploration of theatre and the girls were eager to bring what they had learned back to the classroom.