“Fare thee well, I love thee not, To be or not to be” were just a few of the phrases coming out of the Canowindra Public School Hall on Wednesday afternoon last week when the Bell Shakespeare Company came to visit Years 3-6. The Bell Shakespeare Company is an amazing theatre company that visits Canowindra Public School every two years. They engage the Primary students in various Shakespeare plays and the school knows that this is very beneficial to the students as Shakespeare is studied in English from Year 7 – 12.
If the students have a positive experience associated with Shakespeare it makes it easier for them to engage in later years. Many past Canowindra Public School students often comment on how they enjoyed Bell Shakespeare at primary school and are interested to learn more when they get to high school. This is why Bell Shakespeare is invited back year after year.
The children were transported back to the Elizabethan Era of 1599 by the three young performers when the rat plague was rife in London, chamber pots were used, showers were unheard of and everyone drank beer not water! All in all it was a very entertaining afternoon for the children full of Shakespearian quotes, laughter and performance.