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

The cast consider the importance of the child at the centre of Titania and Oberon's argument.

They explore staging choices for conveying Titania's feelings and memories of the child’s mother, the votress.

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

Teacher Notes

This short film offers a demonstration of different staging choices complementing different readings of the text.

Before watching the workshop, ask your students to consider how people feel about having babies, and why a child might change people's relationships with each other.

After sharing ideas, you could discuss with your class what it feels like to have a little brother or sister— might you be jealous that your parents' attention is focused on the new baby?

Would you want to help look after the baby, or be important to the baby?

Explore how these feelings might resemble feelings that adults could have.

After watching the workshop, ask students how did the actors choose to portray the baby?

What effect does this have on Oberon? What have the actors and director said about the changeling boy?

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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