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Classical Studies

 

 

 

“The students were

amazed at how Mary

managed to take on

the roles of all the

characters. Highly

recommended.”

 

The Holgate School,

Hucknall, Nottinghamshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare In Action

Shakespeare

 

“Mary Carr worked in our school

for eight years. She exhibited

tremendous energy and

commitment in working with

groups of young people. We at

St. Mary’s feel very privileged to

have had her working at school.”

 

Mr. T. Moore, Headteacher,

St. Mary’s High School, Chesterfield.

 

 

Since 1990 Mary Carr has regularly taught

Shakespearian drama workshops,

especially for year 9 pupils.

 

These practical sessions give an understanding of the text to both academic students and those with low literacy levels.

 

It is preferable for the students to have no prior knowledge of the text as Mary begins each session telling the basic story.

 

The students then work in groups improvising scenes from the play and developing the characters in those scenes.

 

This leads to an in-depth understanding of the original Shakespeare even for students with low literacy skills. The English teachers are then able to develop the work begun by Mary, needing to teach only the examination scenes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classical Studies

    “Her stories are very close to the original [Greek] myths in content but have been suitably adapted for school students. This makes them particularly accessible for students of Classics. The performances are enlivened by her clever use of costume, variety of accents and vocabulary to represent the different characters she portrays and very clear voice projection... Our students responded very positively to her plays.”

 

Head of Classics High Storrs School, Sheffield

Since 1986, calling herself, The Travelling Storyteller, Mary has written plays for all ages and performs them in a studio type setting (can be a large classroom). She offers a high class performance in theatre, changing costumes and characters quite distinctively in front of the audience.

 

Her exciting performances of plays about Ancient Greece are dramatically portrayed using stunning costumes, masks, traditional storytelling techniques and the acting of the characters.

  

It is preferable for the students to have no prior knowledge of the stories as Mary, in collaboration with Edwin Hunt classicist and author of The Westfield Greek Course, uses as her source material, the original Ancient Greek.

 

The plays have a relevant introduction about the Greek way of life so that the plays are fully understood.

 

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