RSC Trip – The Merchant of Venice

The Royal Shakespeare Company Primary School scheme aims to increase the cultural capital of each student who is involved – exposing children to wider reading, increasing literacy skills through drama and acting and attending professional performances. It introduces children to the idea that words have a life off the page as well as within a book itself – this was certainly the case as Year 4 attended a performance of The Merchant of Venice at The Grand Theatre. Prior to this, both Year 4 classes took a small section of the play and, working in small groups, taking on a particular role, rehearsed their lines and with a new understanding of inflection, tone of voice and body language, performed their part of the play to the class.