Stratford Trip

A group of 38 students and 4 staff from Fleetwood High School recently enjoyed a weekend away in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Students from Years 9, 10 and 11 had a jam packed trip where they engaged in a Shakespeare workshop, visited some of his houses, watched a play and had a behind the scenes theatre tour with the RSC. 
The students departed from Fleetwood High School at 9.30am, arriving at the YHA Stratford-upon-Avon mid-afternoon.  Once we checked in to the period property – complete with games room – we split into two groups and attended a two hour workshop on either ‘Macbeth’ or ‘Romeo and Juliet’, depending on the text studied for the Literature GCSE exam they will sit in their final Year 11 exams.  Students got stuck straight into hilarious bonding exercises, led by actors and playwrights, who taught us the skill of transferring the play from page to performance.

Once the workshop came to an end, students had half an hour to unwind: many tested their skills with a game of pool, or relaxed with a cold drink from the vending machine.  Then it was off for dinner where we enjoyed a delicious meal.  Once we had freshened ourselves up, we set off to the Shakespeare Theatre and watched a stunning performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ – a novella many students will study for their Year 11 Literature GCSE exam.

The next morning, following a comfortable sleep, and a tasty breakfast, we headed back to the theatre for a spot of shopping in the gift shop, and an exciting tour behind the scenes of one of the country’s top theatres.  We tried on wigs, played with stage blood, and saw the day to day running of the theatre.  Then we took a walk into Stratford and had a tour around Shakespeare’s birthplace, where we got involved in a very funny performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (much to the delight of the audience).  From there, we strolled up to Shakespeare’s new place, and tried on costumes and walked around his garden, before setting off for home.
Brandon Fuller, Head Boy said about the trip, “Shakespeare's Birthplace did an excellent job of showing his legacy.  The trip in its entirety exceeded all expectations: it was more than worthwhile and thoroughly recommended”.