Understanding Themes: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Curriculum support20 minsFREE

Key takeaways
An understanding of some of the key themes presented in the play.
An exploration of character to deepen students understanding of Shakespeare’s language.
An overview of the comic plot devices that Shakespeare uses.
Imogen WoolrichHost: Imogen is an English and Drama teacher who trained at the Institute of Education in London. She has been teaching for 10 years and currently runs the Education department of a theatre in the North West of England. Imogen has got lots of experience exploring plays and novels in exciting and engaging ways.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, first performed around 1596, is a comic fantasy following four lovers who are bewitched by fairies. In this class, students will delve into the depths of its most memorable comic characters, to understand why writers use comedy and to what effect. Students will gain a better understanding of Shakespeare’s language, and why and how he uses such full descriptive and sometimes unusual vocabulary, as well as looking at some of the major and minor themes throughout the play. 

This class is aimed at students in Years 9 and above who are studying Shakespeare or who want to push themselves to understand a Shakespearian classic.

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Safeguarding reminder:The safety of your child is of the utmost importance. All of our classes are pre-recorded to remove any concerns around live participation. For reruns of our past live classes, students' webcams and microphones were disabled and only the chat history, if participation was requested, is visible.

Suitable for:

This class is suitable for students in Years 9 and above or S3 and above.

Class requirements:

Students will require a laptop with internet connection to view the class. A pen and notepad will also be required during the lesson.

What to expect:
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