Shakespeare: Text Detectives - Live Lesson

Unlock the clues in Shakespeare's plays

This Live Lesson for Key Stage 3/3rd Level pupils was created in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Using a range of scenes and speeches from William Shakespeare's ‘Romeo and Juliet’ it examines techniques used by the playwright to convey his vision, as well as techniques used by actors and directors to interpret the plays.

The programme, presented by Ed Petrie and CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson, explores Shakespeare's use of the shared sonnet, iambic pentameter and antithesis - devices used in many of his works.

Interactive educational activities are led by Director Justin Audibert, with performances by RSC actors Akiya Henry, Joseph Arkley and Rina Mahoney.

This edited programme was first streamed live to schools in April 2016. Please note that we are no longer reviewing emails and messages from schools for inclusion in the lesson or on the page.

How to use this resource

Check out our lesson guide for teachers and print out the student activity sheets below.

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