RSC Workshop at Hay Festival 2014 by Patrick

On Wednesday I did a workshop in the Scribblers’ Hut about Shakespeare’s histories, run by the RSC. We performed extracts from Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V and Henry VI. We all played different characters; I played the roles of Henry IV, Henry Hotspur, Henry V and Margaret Beaufort! There was a group of about 15 of us, children and adults, and we all learnt something new about the history plays, including the dramatic speeches. We also re-enacted the battles and as we died in an extremely over-the-top way, bellowing one of Shakespeare’s lines. Overall, I thought it was a great experience as well as great fun, and anyone who is interested in Shakespeare, acting or just wants to try something new should go along.

By Patrick.

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