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‘As You Like It’ auditions

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By Campbell Perry — playwright

Using this resource, children can adopt the role of stage directors watching four young actors auditioning for the role of Jaques in Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’.

The young hopefuls all read the famous speech, ‘All the world’s a stage’ from Act 2, Scene 7, providing a genuine context in which to encounter Shakespeare’s language and content, and in which to improve, practise and hone their own speaking, listening and performance skills and techniques. The original version of Jaques’ speech is available to read on-screen or download.

Shakespeare

Shared learning and teaching

Speaking and listening

  • Using general knowledge of performance and acting (eg, from films and plays), discuss/list the skills needed to be a good actor. Categorise. Decide which have priority.
  • Discuss which are the easiest/most difficult skills to develop. Which could be developed by the director during rehearsals?

Shared reading

  • Share read the first screen of the introduction. Explore the term metaphor.
  • Decide whether to share read Jaques’ speech before or after watching the auditions.
  • List the seven ages of man as they are encountered, asking the children to name those not actually named.
  • Discuss what is meant by some of the language in the speech, such as:
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