English Literature / Drama GCSE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Act 2, Scene 1 - Playing Helena (workshop)

Nancy Meckler and Lucy Briggs-Owen explore different ways of playing Helena: as victim, as temptress, or as a reasonable woman.

This short film is from the BBC series, Shakespeare Unlocked.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be useful for students creating their own scenes and characters.

Your students could employ the methods shown in the film for trying out their characters in different personalities and moods.

They could rehearse the same lines repeatedly but in different manners, until they find one, or a mix, that works best.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching GCSE English literature and drama in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/ 5 in Scotland.

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