KS2 Music: Shakespeare on Trial!

Introduction

Shakespeare on Trial!

JUDGE: William Shakespeare, four hundred years after your death your work is accused of being boring and out of date. How do you plead?

Shakespeare on Trial! is a musical play for schools celebrating the life and works of William Shakespeare 400 years after his death. The playscript has been written by Michael Coleman and is ideal for the top end of primary school or the early years of secondary. The playscript includes nine songs with music composed by Barry Gibson.

Shakespeare on Trial! is free to download as either a pdf file (landscape format) or a Word document (portrait format). The online resources supporting the playscript are all also free to download and include:

  • all the audio cues included in the playscript (the backing tracks of the songs plus incidental music and sound effects) - as a zip file (62 MB)

  • all the music and lyrics for the nine songs

  • the full-vocal arrangements of the songs to download as mp3 files

  • video tutorials of each of the songs - links below

The complete package of supporting resources will help your group to rehearse and stage a really memorable performance of the play.

Song 1: 'Shakie! Shakie!'
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Song 2: 'Words, Words, Words'
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Song 3: 'Going to the Play'
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Song 4: 'H, C, T and R!'
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Song 5: 'Blood and Guts and Gore'
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Song 6: 'Supernaturally!'
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Song 7: 'Full Fathom Five'
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Song 8: 'Boys Will Be Girls'
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Song 9: 'For All Time'
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Resources

Sheet music, lyrics and notes for each of the songs
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Shakespeare on Trial! - playscript
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Shakespeare on Trial! - playscript
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Audio cues and sound effects
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