Activities

A Midsummer Night's Dream (2011)
The activities in this free teachers' pack are inspired by the rehearsal room process and have been created around Nancy Meckler's 2011 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
They have been designed with KS3 students in mind, but can be adapted for other ages.
The pack contains:
- Exploring 'Power Games'
- Investigating the characters
- Exploring theatre choices
- Understanding the play's structure
- Interview with Nancy Meckler (Director)
- Pippa Nixon Interview Transcript (Hippolyta/Titania)
Download teachers' pack (PDF 319KB) »

Using images
Use these photo galleries to compare three different RSC productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The 'How to...' document lists some topics these images can be used to explore and outlines suggested classroom activities.
The activities have been designed for KS3, KS4 and sixth-form students, but can be adapted for other ages.
How to use image galleries with your students (PDF 37KB) »
Production photo gallery (2006) »
Production photo gallery (2005) »
Production photo gallery (1989) »
Production photo gallery (1970) »

The following documents are also available - they show characters and moments in different productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
These resources can be quickly printed out and used in the classroom to compare productions.
Click on a file to download (PDF 100 - 200KB):
Bottom with the ass's head
Puck
The Fairies
The Lovers
The Lovers' fight
The Mechanicals
Titania's bower
Theseus' court
Theseus and Hippolyta
Pyramus and Thisbe


There are many more activities on A Midsummer Night's Dream, from introducing the play to more in-depth explorations of characters, relationships and themes, in the RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers.

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