Music and Drama collide with passion in a Shakespeare inspired project

14 March 2019

 

This term the 5th Form have been working on a cross-curricular project bringing drama and music together; creating a devised performance around the theme of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The project used the themes of conflict, family and loyalty as a starting point for composing music and dance.

Percussion teacher, Mr Brown, worked with one class on composing a percussion-based music piece that represented the clash of the two houses, the Montagues and Capulets, in Act 1, Scene 1 of the play. Ma’am Duncan then worked with the composition by adding Dance Beat choreography and elements of physical theatre with the remaining two 5th Form classes, who represented the warring families. The 5th Form performance of Montagues and Capulets was one of the highlights of Mr Wild’s Spring Concert and Entertainment Evening and was performed again, on invitation by Ma’am Naidoo, at assembly.

To conclude the project, the boys attended a production of Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. The themes and issues raised in Shakespeare's plays are as relevant now as they were 400 years ago and it was a brilliant opportunity for the boys to see this and experience the craft of such talented actors.

Jo Duncan, Head of Drama

 

Cross-Curricular Drama and Music at Caldicott