Teachers' Notes

 

100% in English

Ages: 6 to 9 years

THE SLEEPING

BEAUTY

OUR VERSION is loosely  based on a late 17th century  tale by Charles Perrault which was written long before the Disney story we know today, the one which ends when the prince wakes up the princess with a kiss.  Our story continues immediately after the kiss when the young couple travel to Prince Memo's castle where he lives with his mother - a rather unconventional Ogress.  

In addition to the Ogress, our play includes an absent-minded king, an eccentric fairy, a bossy servant and a dim-witted Prince. And, the Sleeping Beauty is a very loud snorer!  With these eccentric and fault-ridden characters, we aim to move away from fairytale stereotypes and show our young spectators that first appearances are not always what they seem to be.

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NEW COVID FORMAT

 

Due to the difficult times we are living in, we have decided to adapt our usual productions to the new circumstances. We are offering an alternative smaller format "show" designed to be performed either in the classrooms of your school or ONLINE. It is a ONE-MAN show in the style of a lively storytelling monologue told through the eyes of the character Mandon, the servant to the king. It will be accompanied by VISUAL AIDS, as well as live music and singing.  

 

 Immediately afterwards, we continue with  follow-up activities  with your class students  which  will be based on the show they have just seen - either live or online  - and on the classroom materials we send previously.   (We also send teachers prior instructions to help prepare students for the post-show activities.)

 

DURATION:  The performance lasts 30 minutes and the follow-up activities another 15-20  minutes. Total: 45 - 50 minutes

                                                               OBJECTIVES

  • Firstly, to show young children that learning English can be a FUN experience.

  • To offer a well-known story with an unexpected twist in the plot.

  • To create characters that do not follow standard expectations of fairytale stereotypes.

  • To show young audiences that there are many different ways to tell a story.

Language and vocabulary areas include:

  • Fairy Tales:   king, queen, princess, prince, fairy, witch, spell, wand, magic, dungeon...

  • Likes and Dislikes:  (Do you like? What do you like? + food vocabulary.)

  • Adjectives:  lucky, better, great, lovely, cool, handsome, ugly...

  • Important verbs:  explore, attack,  forget, marry, find, snore, sleep, wake up ...

  • Question words:  what / where /why / who? / how?

Material for the Classroom

 

 This includes language activiites and exercises such as...

 

  • Comprehension practice on the story, characters and extracts with questions,  true/false questions, gap-fillers, etc.

  • Vocabulary practice and + reinforcement with flashcards, multiple choice,  crossword, word soup, drawings, etc.

  • Grammar practice  with  the future -  (going to, will...)  / Present Pefect Tense (Has he written?)Past Simple tense (You didn't invite...)

 

Some exercises are easier than others and we have graded the exercises either Level 1 (easy) or Level 2 (not so easy) so you can choose appropriate activities for your class or individual students.

100% English  - As the new reduced format is shorter,  performances will be TOTALLY in English. 

Download a SAMPLE of the teachers’ materials.  (When you make your booking, you will receive the full pack.)

 

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Teachers' Notes

 

Ages: 10 to 13 years

100% in English

PENALTY

The main objective of PENALTY is to motivate your students with a fast-moving, fun and accessible script, true-to-life characters, and an ending packed with excitement, including a kidnapping, a rescue and a surprising finale.

We also give much thought to the THEMES and VALUES presented in the play and and to the creation of characters your students can both identify with and look up to.   The play is 100% in English, and we make sure that the language level (choice of grammar and vocabulary) is particularly suited to the needs of students in the final phase of primary or the beginning of secondary.

NEW COVID FORMAT

Due to the difficult times we are living in, we have decided to adapt our usual productions to the new circumstances. We are offering an alternative smaller format "show" designed to be performed either in the classrooms of your school or online. It is a ONE-WOMAN show more in the style of a “lively performance monologue” or "narrated theatre" told through the eyes of our story's protagonist: Teri.

 

Immediately afterwards, we continue with  follow-up activities  with your class students  which  will be based on the show they have just seen - either live or online  - and on the classroom materials we send previously.   (We also send teachers prior instructions to help prepare students for the post-show activities.)

 

DURATION:  The performance lasts aprox. 25-30 minutes and the follow-up activities another 20 minutes. Total: 45 - 50 minutes

VALUES and THEMES

  • COMPETITIVITY. It is good to compete, but how far should one go in order to win?

  • CONFLICTS WITH PARENTS. How much control should a parent have in a 16 year old’s choice of career? Who knows what is best, the parent or the teenager?

  • ADOLESCENT RELATIONSHIPS. This includes taking a look at the mixed emotions teenagers may feel when they have a crush on someone.

  • SEXISM. Many people oppose Teri’s choice of career. Some find strange that a wants to play with boys. Shouldn’t she play less physical sports like volleyball?Teri also comes across this sexist attitude in other girls, and not just in the boys.  

  • AMBITION and DREAMS. Teri is special not just because she is good at football, but because she has the strength to fulfil her dreams. Many would would give up, but she does not and carries on training and working hard.  In the words of Goethe,  "Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it."

MATERIAL for the CLASSROOM

The material is intended to familiarize the students with the story as well as the important vocabulary and grammatical constructions.  We concentrate on key areas using...

 

  • Comprehension Practice on the Characters, the Storyline and several extracts with exercises such as multiple choice, true/false questions, gap-fillers.

  • Vocabulary Practice. We offer practice and reinforcement through games, crosswords, word soups, comprehension checks, etc.

  •  Ideas and Activities to use after seeing play to help develop writing, communication and drama skills.

  

Examples of Areas of Language

  •  Intentions and Ambitions (I plan to /I want to / I'm going to...)

  • Advice (You should / You have to / If I were you, I'd... )

  • Comparing ( I play just as well as the boys.)

  • Too + Adjective:  It’s too dangerous. Football is too physical for girls.

Download a  SAMPLE  of the teachers’ materials.  (When you make your booking, you will receive the full pack.)

 

Ages: 14 years and above

100% in English

A free version of “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare

THE MERCHANT OF

VENICE

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Shakespeare’s plays continue to be as popular today as they were four hundred years ago. There are many reasons for this, and we would like to highlight three. Firstly, his stories are universal, and we have set our version of The Merchant of Venice in the 21st century in order to highlight this universality, especially that of the play’s themes of racism and the power of money.

     Secondly, Shakespeare created wonderful characters that reflect the human condition with great honesty and truthfulness. This play is a wonderful example, with complex, contradictory and unpredictable characters. Our version aims to reflect this complexity, and hopefully give your students food for thought.

    The third reason is Shakespeare’s ability to juxtapose tragedy with comedy within his plays, perhaps to highlight the absurdity of the human condition.  This play is not an exception - despite its tragic elements (racism, hate, revenge, punishment), we make sure we include some comic moments. 

  

 

The Language:   As our version is set in the present day, we have modernized the difficult 16th century Shakespearian text so the storyline is more clear.

NEW COVID FORMAT

We have decided to adapt our usual productions to the new COVID circumstances. We are offering an alternative smaller format "show" designed to be performed either in the classrooms of your school or online It is a ONE-PERSON show, more in the style of a storytelling-monologue or "narrated theatre", told through the eyes of one of the play's secondary characters, Leo, who is Bassanio's servant (Antonio’s friend). The performer describes the events leading up to the court case, and then narrates the dramatic events that unfold during and just after the famous trial; all this while bringing to life Shakespeare’s characters:  Shylock, Bassanio, Antonio, the Judge, Antonio’s lawyer, and more... 

 

 Immediately afterwards, we continue with  follow-up activities  with your class students  which  will be based on the show they have just seen - live or online -  and on the classroom materials we send previously.   

 

DURATION:  The performance lasts aprox. 35-40 minutes and the follow-up activities another 15-20  minutes. 

The Main THEMES:

 

  • RACE and RELIGION 

  • THE POWER OF MONEY

  • MERCY and JUSTICE 

  • SOCIAL CLASS

  • HUMAN COMPLEXITY

Material for the Classroom

 

Prepared by experienced teachers, our material is aimed at highlighting the play's main themes, as well as introducing the students - through a series of language Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking exercises - to the important characters and the plot. We also include extracts with comprehension exercises, and  exercises to practice and reinforce new vocabulary.

Download a SAMPLE of the teachers’ materials.  (When you make your booking, you will receive the full pack.)

 

RACHEL AND THE

RAINBOW

Ages: 3 to 6 years

Duration: 45 minutes OR 30 minutes*

80% or 100% in English

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Our story is a magical tale of friendship and the importance of helping others.  Rachel is our protagonist who embarks on an adventure inside a Rainbow.  As it is a Rainbow, we naturally focus on colours. We not only play and experiment with the language of colours, we also play visually and sensorially with our young spectators with the use of coloured fabrics and objects. 

 

Our aim is to teach and reinforce the language concepts surrounding colours, basic objects and numbers, as well as providing a fun, interactive and theatrical experience that includes songs and games.

 

Themes: we also aim to highlight values such as FRIENDSHIP, and HELPING OTHERS, as well as JUSTICE and SOLIDARITY.

Bilingualism or 100% English – You Choose: In the bilingual option, English is the main language (around 80%) but as the spectators are very young, we include a little Spanish in the play to boost understanding. This allows us to create more interesting and diverse stories with a bigger variety of characters without leaving behind the youngest children.

 

100% English:  Nonetheless, teachers can also choose to see the play TOTALLY in English. It is important to highlight that option when you make a booking.

Areas of Language:

 

COLOURS (Yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green, gray)

NUMBERS:   (1 - 10)

SIMPLE ADJECTIVES: (sad, happy, good, bad)

VOCABULARY to reinforce the colours: e.g. frog; banana; flower; carrot; apple; water

ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE: (How are you?; What’s your name?; How old are you?;  Come on; Good morning, Hello, etc.)

 The Classroom Material includes:

  • FLASHCARDS of the important vocabulary

  • ACTIVITIES and IDEAS on how to use these flashcards

  • ACTIVITY BOOK to colour in, to draw in and for general practice

  • Tokens to play BINGO, a game to practise the vocabulary

 

   *   NEW WORKING MODE FOR COVID MEASURES

The play is normally designed to be performed IN YOUR SCHOOL, either in a big room, library or even the gymnasium.  We can also adapt it to a small theatre or “salon de actos” where the stage is near the audience and the actors can easily and quickly approach the children (within safety distance, of course.) In normal times, the average number of spectators is between 90 and 130, and the DURATION is 45 minutes.

 

COVID ALTERNATIVE:  However, if your school needs to reduce the number of children to suit COVID restrictions, we can offer TWO sessions of the play in order to divide the audience and restrict  numbers.  In that case, the shows will  last

30 minutes so as to adapt more easily to your timetable.

Download a Scene from the play

Download a Sample of the teachers’ materials.  (When you make your booking, you will receive the full pack.)