Shakespeare for young learners

Saturday, 2 April 2016 - 10:30am to Saturday, 23 April 2016 - 6:00pm

Shakespeare For Young Learners

To celebrate the 400th anniversary since the death of William Shakespeare, the British Council brings you workshops primarily designed to introduce and familiarize children with his works - his visual language and its rhythm - and bring alive his works in performance, rather than just study it as excellent examples of English literature. More importantly, Shakespeare will be used to create an opportunity for children to engage in discussions on some of the most challenging issues of the day, for e.g.

Midsummer Night’s Dream: 

IMAGINATION: Virtual and real, oppression and freedom, love and marriage

Julius Caesar: 

LEADERSHIP:  Democracy, political violence, leadership, friendship and betrayal

Merchant of Venice: 

discrimination on grounds of race, religion, culture and gender

The plays have been chosen to make children aware of the tremendous challenges posed by the above issues, from the macro to the micro and the choices available today. 

For the juniors (8 to 12 years), the workshop would include firing the young imagination by:

• Creating the Forest and everything within it (participants can bring anything i.e. paper, cloth, junk, art materials etc. to help create the forest

• Introducing children to the play through a dramatized narrative involving all participants

• Teaching children to visualize narrative and / or characters through depiction of any scene 

For the Teens Group (13 to 18 years), the workshops would include:

• A dramatized summary of the play called a 'Whoosh' involving all participants that develops a visual memory of the narrative when studied.

• Placing the content of play in a present day context allowing students to develop connections with the play

• Introducing students to blank verse and iambic pentameter

• Developing a visual approach to Shakespeare to make the language and its use relevant to students 

Session Age Group Date Time Fee
Midsummer Night’s Dream

8 to 12 Years

For this workshop each participating child should be accompanied by a parent/guardian

Sat 02 April 2016 10 am to 2 pm

INR 2500 - (for library members)

INR 3000 - (for non members)

Julius Caesar 13 to 18 years Sat 9th April 2016 10 am to 2 pm

INR 2000 - (for library members)

INR 2500 - (for non members)


Merchant of Venice 13 to 18 years Sat 16th April 10 am to 2 pm

INR 2000 - (for library members)

INR 2500 - (for non members)

All participants of the above workshops will come together on Sat 23rd April to share their learnings with the wider group. Time and venue for this session will be confirmed during the workshop. All above workshops will take place at British Council, Prestige Takt, 23, Kasturba Road Cross, Bangalore 560001.   


About the facilitator:

Ranjan Kamath is an independent film maker alumnus of the London Film School with nearly three decades of experience photographing and directing feature documentaries. He is also an Associate (in Speech and Drama) from the Trinity College, London. Presently, he runs Natakvalas, where he is engaged as a performance trainer, working with children and adults in the dramatic arts and communication skills. These workshops conducted by Ranjan Kamath are built on a template created by the Royal Shakespeare Co, to introduce Shakespeare to people of all ages.

To register:

write to or or call us at 080-22533006/22533005, 0120-4569000/6684353.

Please Note: Registration is confirmed on first-come first-served basis. Fee is payable prior to the commencement of workshop. All payments should be made either by cash/Debit or Credit card/DD/cheque in favour of ‘British Council Division’. Fee once paid is nonrefundable.