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Local students get a taste of Shakespeare

Wednesday, 28th May, 2008

Local students get a taste of Shakespeare Local students get a taste of Shakespeare

High school students were given a rare treat yesterday, taking in a live performance from the Bell Shakespeare Company. Four actors from the company's Actors at Work and Student Workshop programs are this week giving performances for students and community members in Broken Hill, Menindee, Wilcannia, Bourke and Walgett. Their trip is aimed at introducing students in the Far West to the magic of theatre. Yesterday the foursome treated Broken Hill High School students to excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Their performance also included explanations and examinations of the scenes and themes,letting students know that an understanding of tragedy came more easily with age, and that while some of the language and humour in Shakespeare may grow less accessible with time, the underlying themes were as strong today as ever.

Following the piece they took questions from students and discussed Shakespeare's work. Bell Shakespeare's General Manager Jill Berry said they could not allow geography to restrict its programs.

"The outcomes for students lie in the accessibility of the performances and access to the passion of the actors working with some of the world's greatest plays," she said.

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