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Decoding Shakespeare in Three Hours


Programme IDAEP0420469
Programme TypeWorkshops
Recommended Size 20 - 40
Language English
Programme Format On-site, Digital
Cost $30.00 Per student
Primary Art Form - Sub-Genre Literary Arts - Performance Poetry/Spoken Word
Student Profile Secondary Lower, Secondary Upper, JC/CI
Secondary Art Form - Sub-Genre -
Venue (where applicable)


Programme Synopsis Purpose Shakespearean drama is classical spoken word poetry. The study of Shakespeare’s works is an exciting and necessary part of literary education. Poetry slam’s™ performative modalities can be an inspirational way to attract the interest of students. Overview & Approach In its day, dramatic storytelling in verse was popular entertainment. All strata of society attended the most prominent theatre venues of Shakespeare’s time such as The Rose and The Globe. Thus, it is natural to make an artistic connection between performative spoken word performance and classical spoken word theatre. Group performance of Shakespeare excerpts in a poetry slam™ is a motivational way for students to contextualise poetic dialogue, narrative flow and characterisation. Goal In this programme, a poetry slam competition is always secondary to the main objective which is to motivate students to come to terms with Shakespearean diction and poetic forms such as ‘blank verse’ and how to read/perform it. Marshall McLuhan once wrote: ‘the medium is the message.’ He proposes that a communication medium itself, not the messages it carries, should be the primary focus of study. In the same way understanding Shakespeare through the medium of spoken word poetry is a more complete way to illuminate the works of the Bard.
Focus Areas Acquire Skills & Knowledge
Point of Emphasis Not applicable
Lesson Goal #1 To use performance poetry tools to unlock the language of Shakespearean texts.
Lesson Goal #2 To share how Shakespeare captures the range of human emotions in simple, yet profoundly eloquent verse that transcends time and culture.
Lesson Goal #3 To demonstrate how Shakespeare was primarily a spoken word poet.

Audio/Sound System, Microphone


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Offered by:

Word Forward Limited

Word Forward , has been nurturing and publishing the leading performance poets as well as promoting poetry slam, performance poetry and spoken word through regular workshops, programmes and events, both in the public and educational spheres since 2003. Founder: Spoken word and Poetry Slam in SG


Savinder Kaur 91805501 savinder@wordforward.org   Visit provider page

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