Will's Twins: A Play About Shakespeare's Children

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Paperback, 235 x 160 mm. 112pp
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'... A Lively Junior-High English Class Text ...'

'A Charming Senior-High Drama Performance Script ...'

Young writer Will Shakespeare arrives home at his Stratford home to a frosty reception from his wife Anne Hathaway. He is broke but hopes to use some of his company and his son Hamnet to stage a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Hamnet is more into wrestling and hunting than the strange world of boy actors and is most unwilling to play a female on stage. His twin sister Judith and Meg the housekeeper help him out...

Will's Twins is a superb play that not only contains a charming but lively class drama text but also contains a number of introductory and post-play language and literature activities. This means minimal preparation work for busy teachers. There are also many opportunities for class involvement in the readings, group activities, and language and literary work of this attractive and practical text.

Will's Twins is great for an accessible introduction to the Shakespearean world and as part of themed teaching on fantasy, dream, friendship, imaginary worlds, growing up, and family. And, of course, this is a fully contained unit of work for any junior high or senior high drama course, and has parts for 22 characters.

Patrick Spillane is New Zealand's premier school playwright. His plays have a 'unique, proven teenage voice' and have been widely performed and studied over the last two decades. Animal Fallout based around animal rights and Rosie a Second World War play set in Dunedin (South Island, NZ) have both gone over ten editions. Grace explores the Americanisation of NZ in the 1960s.

Spillane's latest play Will's Twins continues his thread of exploring brother & sister relationships as he takes teenagers into the Shakespeare family home and a rehearsal of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream. Duncan Allan, who directed the first production, described the play as 'a brilliant exploration of Shakespearian magic, mirth & midsummer madness. It is warmly affectionate and will excite, inspire and ignite ... students'.

Patrick has directed and taught English and Drama over a long career and is 'an experienced playwright and educator' whose writing has been described by critics, directors and teachers as 'poignant and real ... witty and intense ... exciting, funny and full of the magic of theatre ... perfect dramatic material to captivate teenagers & entertain an audience ... foolproof play making from someone who knows how to capture and delight the student audience ...'


SKU 9781877489006
Barcode # 9781877489006
Brand Misc
Artist / Author Patrick SPILLANE

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