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The Taming of the Shrew film trailers

380 students, aged 8-13 years, from seven schools across the Black Country made their own film trailers in response to our recent Young People's Shakespeare production of The Taming of the Shrew.

Students worked with film maker Arabella Warner, capturing their thoughts and opinions about this controversial play, and their reactions to the production which they saw in Stratford-upon-Avon.

A practical workshop with an RSC Education Associate Practitioner introduced them to the themes and characters from the play.

Then students worked with Arabella to explore how they might create a film trailer for the play. The classes were split into production teams designing storyboards for their own trailers.

After seeing the production, students refined their storyboard, created a shooting schedule, and decided on locations, costume, special effects, graphics and props for their trailer.

On the day of filming, students worked in small groups to shoot their trailers in different locations across the school, whilst the rest of the class worked in the classroom to design graphics for the finished trailers.

Watch all The Taming of the Shrew schools' trailers, we hope you enjoy them.

Photo: Madeline Appiah as Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (Young People's Shakespeare)

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