As a practitioner, how can I collaborate with a musician, in order to enhance workshop plans written for 17-24 year olds which assist in the understanding of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1597)?
(2017) As a practitioner, how can I collaborate with a musician, in order to enhance workshop plans written for 17-24 year olds which assist in the understanding of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1597)?, no. 51.
This research project aims to investigate how collaboration with a musician can enhance workshop plans, specifically when exploring Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1597). The practical element of this study will comprise of three main elements. Firstly, a short series of workshop plans, which are inspired by practitioners such as Cicely Berry (1926-), John Barton (1928-) , and Peter Hall (1930-) and will explore the understanding of language and character will be created. This is followed by a practical collaboration with a musician, where these plans will be explored, in order to discover whether there is scope for the addition of music. Each exercise, and how it will affect the participants understanding of the text, will be accounted for individually and analysed comparatively as a series of workshops. Finally these plans will be re-written to include the musical accompaniment. This practical study is supported by a written report which discusses and reflects upon the process. This report offers insight into the conclusions established regarding the overall progression of the workshop plans. It will also offer insight into how each of the workshops were affected and what result this would have on potential participants. This thesis, although practically applied, can not be fully evaluated until workshopped with a group of participants. However the study will offer a contemporary outlook on a classic theatre convention.