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Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Radio Show

Published on 26/03/14

Using a great idea from our Head of English, I asked my students to create a gossip radio station, one which delighted in discussing and spreading rumours about Olivia, Orsino, Viola, Malvolio and the many combinations of likely/unlikely lovers in Twelfth Night.

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Students worked in groups of around 4 for 3 lessons, wrote scripts for reports, interviews, adverts, music programmes and continuity and then recorded and edited their programme. Remembering who was who and who was pretending what, the catty interview questions, the adverts for Olivia's fitness DVD and manure face-masks, the songs and catchy jingles – it was time well spent. Here are three reports from the class.

Alice

To make the radio show, we based it around a few main stories that we thought were interesting and important in Twelfth Night. We assigned a story to each member of our group, so that we were all involved completely, and also planned some adverts/ songs to play during the course of the show to make it more believable and appealing to the audience.

It was a lot of fun recording, especially the adverts and interviews, and I think that those were our best bits. I liked the interview with Orsino because it was very heart wrenching and the adverts were hilarious. It was very difficult to get the balance between Elizabethan and modern times right, and also not to stutter on Shakespearean language whilst recording!

Annabel

We made our radio show on iMovie, using the music and sound effects supplied on the app. Our voices were quite quiet, but I think we worded the interviews well.

It was hard recording at first, since all of us were hesitant to speak as we all hate the sound of our own voice. However, we got through it and overall I think it went well and was well received.

Anya

I really enjoyed recording our group’s radio station. The best part was that we had the freedom to design our radio station to make it modern. We were also able to include adverts that could, at a stretch, have been possible in Elizabethan times. There were some difficulties with recording the script because some of it was so funny that we laughed during the recording.