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Stratford 2 Stratford - Day Two

More from the students as they journey from Stratford East London to Stratford-upon-Avon, rehearsing Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'

Day 2! And we woke all feeling refreshed after our first nights sleep on the boats. We all agreed that it did not feel any different to sleeping on dry land however Some people felt a swaying motion when they stood still on dry land throughout the day. We had a relaxed morning doing our own individual set tasks, stopping to work the locks and a lucky few taking charge as skipper steering the boat.

As canals and the industrial revolution are the focal point for our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and to help the cast really delve into the lives of their characters, a talk at the 'Fray's Valley Nature Reserve' was arranged for us. 

The talk included a brief tour of the nature reserve and a detailed description of canals and the history of them as well as the various jobs that would have been carried out by the workers at the time. Everyone found the talk productive and was able to learn something new about their characters. One of the cast members said : "When Douch spoke about the workers making the bricks I was able to put myself in their shoes because it is something my character would have done" - Divine yr 12

The cast was also provided the opportunity to connect to and develop their characters by exploring the reserve to find items to be used as it apart of their costumes. We used this as a opportunity to creatively express the appearances of our characters. "Looking for things to use as props and costume accessories helps to physicalise the text" - Chris yr 13

And so ended a eventful day with some late night rehearsals at a community centre near the canal. 

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