During Term 2 of this academic year, Year 7 studied the classic Shakespearean comedy play, ‘Twelfth Night’. As this coincided with the real celebration of Christmas, the English Department decided to hold a series of real Twelfth Night celebrations in class during the first week of Term 3. This involved the students researching, collecting and making authentic food, drinks, recipes, music and clothing which would have been traditionally worn in the Elizabethan era. The purpose of this was to enable the students to have fun when discovering what life was really like during Tudor times – and a lot of fun and discovery was had by all! Mr Sandell enjoyed his role of ‘Lord of Misrule’ with his class, 7AC, which involved playing the part of an Elizabethan ‘fool’; telling jokes and generally creating lots of mayhem. Some of the students performed their favourite scenes of the play – a common choice was the hilarious joke played on Malvolio (a strict Puritan), by Sir Toby Belch and others, in which Malvolio appears on stage in yellow cross-gartered stockings as he has been made to believe this will impress his beloved, Olivia. Unfortunately, he has been publically humiliated for the enjoyment of others; which was not too far from the reality of 16th century court life!
Year 7 now look forward to developing their enjoyment of other Shakespearean plays as they progress through their time at The Crypt School.
Mr Sandell, Head of English