GDST Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: A Day of Cultural Enrichment

A group of Year 5 students embarked on an unforgettable journey to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, immersing themselves in the rich tapestry of Elizabethan history and literature. It was a packed day of events, showcasing the diverse facets of Shakespearean drama and culture. The day commenced with a captivating dressing demonstration, where students delved into the intricate details of Elizabethan attire. Drawing on the fashion of the era, they explored the various garments worn by women from different strata of society, gaining insight into the social dynamics of the time. Following this, the students were treated to a thrilling sword fighting demonstration, offering a glimpse into the history and artistry of combat in Shakespearean times. In a thought-provoking social justice workshop, students engaged with the timeless themes of courage and leadership embedded within Shakespeare’s work. Through interactive activities and discussions, they explored the relevance of these themes in contemporary society, fostering a deeper appreciation for the enduring power of Shakespearean literature. In addition to the captivating events and workshops within the theatre, our students had the privilege of embarking on a guided tour of the iconic Globe Theatre itself. This was then followed by lunch in the sun next to the River Thames, where the girls started to discuss the London landmarks that they could see, linking to their current class focus novel, ‘The Diver’s Daughter’ by Patrice Lawrence. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the live performance storytelling of Henry V in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Transported to the tumultuous world of medieval England, students were captivated by the gripping narrative and masterful performance, gaining a newfound appreciation for Shakespeare’s timeless tales of power, ambition and heroism.