Making Sense of Shakespeare

"Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?"

Macbeth (Act II, Scene I)

Fortune's Fool: Making sense of Shakespeare

For over 400 years Shakespeare’s plays have delighted audiences all around the world. Over the years the plays have been dissected, remodelled, reinvented and performed in a variety of historical (and futuristic) contexts and settings, both on stage and on film.

Furthermore, Shakespeare has made a lasting impact on our use of language, introducing now commonly used phrases such as ‘it’s Greek to me’, ‘vanished into thin air’ and ‘the world is my oyster.’

Yet still too many students up and down the country (who are all required to study Shakespeare as part of the National Curriculum) dismiss these fantastic plays with a resounding "Shakespeare? That’s Boring!"

Fortune’s Fool Theatre Company was formed to challenge this perception, to demonstrate that behind the sometimes complex language, Shakespeare’s plays are exciting, entertaining and still relevant in 2010. Experience tells us that the only way to truly demonstrate this is through performance; either by watching as the characters are brought to life, or better still by having a go at speaking the words yourself.

So we invite you, nay challenge you, to participate in a workshop or to watch a performance, and allow us to show you that when taken from the page to the stage, it’s really not that hard to make sense of Shakespeare.

Join in the fun!
Actors Wanted: Aged 13 - 18

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What Students say...

Samantha Davies

“It was an enjoyable experience, which helped me understand Shakespeare much better, which also helped loads with my GCSEs. Some people think it’s sad to like Shakespeare but I really enjoyed reading Shakespeare’s plays. I would love to do something like this again.”

Samantha Davies
Year 11

What Teachers say...

Sarah Robinson

“Fortunes Fool Theatre Company were crucial in the development and preparation of our school’s 2009 entry to the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Their professionalism and enthusiasm was second to none, making the workshops entertaining, informative and relevant to the students. It was pleasing to see students walking away from the workshops and understanding that iambic pentameter is not just a band from the 60’s. I will definitely be asking them back in the future!”

Sarah Robinson
Drama Teacher