On Tuesday, 26 April, Year 7 visited Stratford Grammar School & Shakespeare’s Schoolroom.
It was a great privilege as were the first group (other than the Stratford Grammar School boys) to have a lesson in the Schoolroom - our booking reference number was 000001! We learnt many things, for example, the fact that there were only benches and no desks, the older boys would help the teacher with the younger ones, the teacher drank ale during lessons, the older ones would sit further away from the teacher than the younger ones & the teacher would save up all the punishments until Friday when those boys would be caned with a birch rod. All of us then attempted to write with a quill pen!
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY PERFORMANCE
We also visited Elizabethan-style Swan Theatre to see a performance of The Indigenous Gentleman Don Quixote by Cervantes whose 400th anniversary was being commemorated alongside Shakespeare. It was great with much audience involvement. Within a couple of minutes, our group was singled out with questions (we were seated in the front rows) by a comical Sancho Panza - “Are you all one big family?”, “Is there a very stressed Mum somewhere?”, “ Where is your school?”, “Did you come in a private jet?”, “ Is your school posh ?”,“ Do you get homework or prep?”. Later Sancho’s wife rushed on stage after Sancho had hidden in the audience; she asked Harry Eisinger where Sancho was and then chased Sancho. As Sancho tried to escape his wife he flicked rude signs at Harry, which made us all laugh. Later on in the performance, she gave Harry a basket with babies in it and said, “Harry … Babysitting! Good practice for when you’re older!” and chased Sancho. Towards the middle of the play, there was a food fight in an inn and bread was thrown around - much of it landing in our laps.