This is how students of Economics and Trading School “Dositej Obradović” in Alibunar marked 400 years since the Bard’s death, with the help and support of their English teachers Laura Kempjan, Snežana Najdovski and Ivan Martinović. Click here for more info.
“Here’s what love is: a smoke made out of lovers’ sighs. When smoke clears, love is a fire burning in your lover’s eyes. If you frustrate love, you get an ocean made out of lovers’ tears. What else is love? It’s a wise form of madness.”
Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, Scene 1, William Shakespeare
by Sara Petrov, III2, Secondary School of Pharmacy and Physiotherapy, Belgrade
A classic of world literature and theater arts in the school yard – Our Little Globe
William Shakespeare is the classic of world literature and theatre arts. Each generation rediscovers his works, in which he painted human virtues and flaws, traits and psychological states. He created a gallery of unforgettable characters and universal human destiny, which school librarians and the English language teachers wanted to get closer to students of their school. In this way, we marked the International Day of Book and Copyright, April 23rd, which was established by UNESCO in 1995. This day was chosen because on that day two famous writers passed away, William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes.
Therefore, from the beginning of the school year 2015/2016 a number of teachers of “Dušan Jerković” elementary school in Užice started preparations for the celebration of the great jubilee – 400 years since the death of the Bard.
In praise of books and reading culture, a series of activities have celebrated the famous writer. Students have been introduced to the Elizabethan epoch, historical circumstances and conditions of life, literary and artistic works of the Renaissance in England, but also fashion, dance and music. Since September 2015, each week a new Shakespeare quote has welcomed students and teachers for a new working week in the hallway in front of the school library.
We decided that, in addition to Romeo and Juliet, the students and the audience should be acquainted with the characters of Hamlet and King Lear, as well as with Shakespeare’s sonnets, his life, work, historical and cultural circumstances. We were guided by his thought that “The whole world’s a stage and all men and women merely players…” and during February, March and April started practicing with students.
On that particular evening all of the large audience were thrilled, curious to see how elementary school students could see the greatest theatre author. They could see the exhibition of wallpapers about Shakespeare in modern films, fashion from the 16th century, drawings from his works, characters, sonnets, quotes, etc. The event was conducted on the eve of April 22nd in the inner courtyard of the school, which looked like the Globe Theatre. Guests, parents, colleagues, teachers and librarians were sitting in rows, but most of the students who were the audience were on the three- floor galleries. And they all closely followed the whole show. You could hear every single word, every beat.
A long applause satisfied both the students and the teachers who were receiving congratulations for the successful programme. In the best possible way we marked this important anniversary – four centuries since the death of the world famous writer-William Shakespeare.
On that night at “Dušan Jerković” elementary school, Shakespeare was with us, thanks to the children and hardworking teachers, librarians and supporting staff. Quite magical! The interior of our school for a moment looked like the Globe Theatre … Thanks to the genius from Stratford who inspires even after four centuries. Thanks to “Dušanovci” who are maintaining that flame.
“Certainly the one that made us with such a broad mind, to look forward and back did not give us the ability and the God similar sense purely to be moldy, unused.”
by Marina Jevtić, ‘Dušan Jerković’ Primary School, Užice
In the year which marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we celebrated the European Day of Languages and The World Book Day and dedicated both events to the best playwright of all times. Two pairs of students acted out the famous balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet both in Italian and English. The spirit of Verona was recreated by the help of our art teacher, Danijela Lilic, who helped us put up the scenography.
Two groups of students took part in the quiz about Shakespeare’s life, his family and best known plays. They were well prepared, so the questions were too easy for them, but we all had fun and the audience could learn something about the Bard as well. They were all given certificates of achievement which can be downloaded here. I send you the quiz which can be adjusted according to your students’ age and previous knowledge level.
We also made this poster with Shakespeare’s quotes. (see Photo Gallery)
In addition to this, I send you some photos of the Globe Theatre which I visited in 2011, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to see any of the plays, because I hadn’t booked the tickets in advance, so they had already been sold out.
Last year I found an amazing bookshop in Praha, named after the Bard, which is packed with thousands of new and used English books. I could spend hours there, so if you ever visit this fabulous city, do not miss a chance to look for this unique place.