Good Shakespeare plays with small casts!

  • Nadia Ostacchini

    Actor

    Can I rack some of your brains please? Am trying to find a Shakespeare play with a small cast i.e. also where doubling is possible. It will be for foreign teen students coming over from Italy. It could even be a play set Italy, or not. However, most importantly, it has to be one of Shaky's better plays. Also (another question!), does anybody confirm which of Shakespeare's plays are on the national curriculum for this yr and for next? Thx!

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    You can follow this link, it will tell you the curriculum for next year for all stages.

    curriculum.qca.org.uk/index.aspx

    Julia

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    or

    www.qca.org.uk/

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    If you are looking for 2010 set texts for English Lit, its actually not easy to find I think they are,

    Henry IV (Part 2)

    As You Like It

    The Tempest

    Antony and Cleopatra

    Geoffrey Chaucer

    Franklin's Tale*

    William Shakespeare

    Complete Sonnets*

    Robert Browning

    Selected Poems*

    Lord Byron

    Selected Poems*

    Anne Stevenson

    Granny Scarecrow

    T S Eliot

    Selected Poems

    Edward Thomas

    Selected Poems*

    Tony Harrison

    Selected Poems

    Prose

    Jane Austen

    Persuasion*

    Emily Bronte

    Wuthering Heights*

    Charlotte Bronte

    Jane Eyre*

    Elizabeth Gaskell

    Mary Barton*

    Bram Stoker

    Dracula*

    Raymond Carver

    Short Cuts

    E M Forster

    A Passage to India

    Joseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness

    Julian Barnes

    History of the World in 10½ Chapters

    But probably easier to call a school and ask, as these are the sets texts from 2005 onwards but it doesnt state if they are still using them now.

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    Do you know exactly how many students? Personally I'd plump for MND depending on the number of people.

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  • Nadia Ostacchini

    Actor

    Thanks so much girls! You've been so helpful. Not sure how many students as yet. Actually, my msg was probably a bit confusing, since I've got 2 ideas in mind. One is to do a sort of bilingual Shakespeare workshop for Italian students - Shakespeare is all the rave with Italian students - we're starting off with bilingual storytelling for younger kids at the Italian cultural institute (once a month on a sat), so that'll take priority. The 2nd project is that of doing a Shakespeare play, probably next summer now & the funding for it will most likely come from an Italian source, so It needs to have an Italian flavour to it! Also, being an actress, I want to be in it ;-) & sadly, I'm too old to play Juliet now I think! Some very helpful links & advice here. Thanks so much! -x-

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  • Alan Brent

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    We're doing MND abroad and have a team of fifteen! There is doubling in that too. But I'd rather have a full cast than cut scenes or rush around.

    Maybe that's just my way....

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    I think you can cut a lot of the secondary characters in 'All's Well' and be left with just the few, although that play's a little odd! Without meaning to be obvious ~ 'The Tempest' is probably the easiest to double characters in, so that could work. Also, when you think about it... Othello doesn't have THAT many characters that appear constantly, so cutting or doubling could work there, as well.

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    Ooh yes: Tempest would work well!

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  • James Worthington

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    yea i was going to say tempest. as its very fun to perform. and the characters (apart from caliban and ariel) are from Italy. x

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    I always wanted to play Caliban when i was a kid...Miranda didn't cut it for me! lol

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  • Nadia Ostacchini

    Actor

    Mmmm, I hadn't given that one much thought as yet. Interesting. Thanks guys!

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  • Andrew Lawden

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    yo nadia ,

    try love's labours lost with just the 8 main characters , that will work !

    andrew x

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  • Kirk Moore

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    I did cut down four hander versions of Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Richard III last year that seemed to work alright.... Romeo & Juliet is often done with half a dozen actors.... I think you could adapt any of the plays to fit smaller casts, but the better known ones are better choices perhaps... I always wanted to do Pericles, Prince Of Tyre, but saw it would be quite difficult to do with less than ten performers...

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  • Nadia Ostacchini

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    At drama school, we did a regendered Love's Labour's Lost, funnily enough. Our teacher had spent a few yrs working on the script and did a fantastic job. It was set in the 70's and the girls were wooing the boys! I played Berowne as Bronwen!

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  • Kirk Moore

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    Mmmm. There is nothing wrong with regendering the characters... the text is out of copyright, so mould it to your will...

    You will always get sniffy 'purists' who will say 'It be-th not-ith authentic-ith Bard-ith Of-ith Avon-ith', but they can always read the original text, can't they...

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  • Nadia Ostacchini

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    Mmm, I'd rather keep doubling to the minimum and certainly want to keep as true to the text as possible. Loads of food for thought, thanks to everyone for their posts! Much appreciated nxx

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