The Fruits of our Shakespearean Labours

Such a fabulous set of performances of Shakespeare by Year 3 09. Congratulations to all – you managed so beautifully to implement the examples and advice given by our Bell Shakespeare coach, Matt. So good to have Shakespeare mediated into our bodies by someone with such experience. Enjoy the feast of impressions (and remember- click thrice for a better shot- and remember also if you want an enlargement or an original image just send a request through to yours truly- MG). Three cameos: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV Part 1 and The Tempest:

  68 comments for “The Fruits of our Shakespearean Labours

  1. Anonymous
    May 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Wow: What a difference!!!

    Hi Michael

    Having had Matt from Bell Shakespeare come out was one of the best decisions made this year. As a former drama student, even I was impressed at what Matt was able to achieve within 2 short hours! Eveything he explained and touched on is fundamental to drama skills, and you only have to compare the performances from the past to this year, to see the huge benefits. I was so impressed by our performances on Tuesday. I remember in the past how most would hide behind chairs and desks, reading lines without action or movement; this had a soporific affect, which defeats the whole purpose of the assessment. But now, with all the action, one can focus more, and learn more as well. But not only that, but when we become these “characters” there is more understnading of the text itself! I am very grateful that you were able to do this for all of us, and if you go through all our live-journals, I am sure you will find much agreement on this point.
    All the best
    Nancy McKibbin

  2. Anonymous
    May 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Wow: What a difference!!!

    Hi Michael

    Having had Matt from Bell Shakespeare come out was one of the best decisions made this year. As a former drama student, even I was impressed at what Matt was able to achieve within 2 short hours! Eveything he explained and touched on is fundamental to drama skills, and you only have to compare the performances from the past to this year, to see the huge benefits. I was so impressed by our performances on Tuesday. I remember in the past how most would hide behind chairs and desks, reading lines without action or movement; this had a soporific affect, which defeats the whole purpose of the assessment. But now, with all the action, one can focus more, and learn more as well. But not only that, but when we become these “characters” there is more understnading of the text itself! I am very grateful that you were able to do this for all of us, and if you go through all our live-journals, I am sure you will find much agreement on this point.
    All the best
    Nancy McKibbin

  3. Anonymous
    May 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Wow: What a difference!!!

    Hi Michael

    Having had Matt from Bell Shakespeare come out was one of the best decisions made this year. As a former drama student, even I was impressed at what Matt was able to achieve within 2 short hours! Eveything he explained and touched on is fundamental to drama skills, and you only have to compare the performances from the past to this year, to see the huge benefits. I was so impressed by our performances on Tuesday. I remember in the past how most would hide behind chairs and desks, reading lines without action or movement; this had a soporific affect, which defeats the whole purpose of the assessment. But now, with all the action, one can focus more, and learn more as well. But not only that, but when we become these “characters” there is more understnading of the text itself! I am very grateful that you were able to do this for all of us, and if you go through all our live-journals, I am sure you will find much agreement on this point.
    All the best
    Nancy McKibbin

  4. Anonymous
    May 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Wow: What a difference!!!

    Hi Michael

    Having had Matt from Bell Shakespeare come out was one of the best decisions made this year. As a former drama student, even I was impressed at what Matt was able to achieve within 2 short hours! Eveything he explained and touched on is fundamental to drama skills, and you only have to compare the performances from the past to this year, to see the huge benefits. I was so impressed by our performances on Tuesday. I remember in the past how most would hide behind chairs and desks, reading lines without action or movement; this had a soporific affect, which defeats the whole purpose of the assessment. But now, with all the action, one can focus more, and learn more as well. But not only that, but when we become these “characters” there is more understnading of the text itself! I am very grateful that you were able to do this for all of us, and if you go through all our live-journals, I am sure you will find much agreement on this point.
    All the best
    Nancy McKibbin

  5. Anonymous
    May 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Wow: What a difference!!!

    Hi Michael

    Having had Matt from Bell Shakespeare come out was one of the best decisions made this year. As a former drama student, even I was impressed at what Matt was able to achieve within 2 short hours! Eveything he explained and touched on is fundamental to drama skills, and you only have to compare the performances from the past to this year, to see the huge benefits. I was so impressed by our performances on Tuesday. I remember in the past how most would hide behind chairs and desks, reading lines without action or movement; this had a soporific affect, which defeats the whole purpose of the assessment. But now, with all the action, one can focus more, and learn more as well. But not only that, but when we become these “characters” there is more understnading of the text itself! I am very grateful that you were able to do this for all of us, and if you go through all our live-journals, I am sure you will find much agreement on this point.
    All the best
    Nancy McKibbin

  6. Anonymous
    May 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Wow: What a difference!!!

    Hi Michael

    Having had Matt from Bell Shakespeare come out was one of the best decisions made this year. As a former drama student, even I was impressed at what Matt was able to achieve within 2 short hours! Eveything he explained and touched on is fundamental to drama skills, and you only have to compare the performances from the past to this year, to see the huge benefits. I was so impressed by our performances on Tuesday. I remember in the past how most would hide behind chairs and desks, reading lines without action or movement; this had a soporific affect, which defeats the whole purpose of the assessment. But now, with all the action, one can focus more, and learn more as well. But not only that, but when we become these “characters” there is more understnading of the text itself! I am very grateful that you were able to do this for all of us, and if you go through all our live-journals, I am sure you will find much agreement on this point.
    All the best
    Nancy McKibbin

  7. Anonymous
    May 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Wow: What a difference!!!

    Hi Michael

    Having had Matt from Bell Shakespeare come out was one of the best decisions made this year. As a former drama student, even I was impressed at what Matt was able to achieve within 2 short hours! Eveything he explained and touched on is fundamental to drama skills, and you only have to compare the performances from the past to this year, to see the huge benefits. I was so impressed by our performances on Tuesday. I remember in the past how most would hide behind chairs and desks, reading lines without action or movement; this had a soporific affect, which defeats the whole purpose of the assessment. But now, with all the action, one can focus more, and learn more as well. But not only that, but when we become these “characters” there is more understnading of the text itself! I am very grateful that you were able to do this for all of us, and if you go through all our live-journals, I am sure you will find much agreement on this point.
    All the best
    Nancy McKibbin

  8. Anonymous
    May 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Wow: What a difference!!!

    Hi Michael

    Having had Matt from Bell Shakespeare come out was one of the best decisions made this year. As a former drama student, even I was impressed at what Matt was able to achieve within 2 short hours! Eveything he explained and touched on is fundamental to drama skills, and you only have to compare the performances from the past to this year, to see the huge benefits. I was so impressed by our performances on Tuesday. I remember in the past how most would hide behind chairs and desks, reading lines without action or movement; this had a soporific affect, which defeats the whole purpose of the assessment. But now, with all the action, one can focus more, and learn more as well. But not only that, but when we become these “characters” there is more understnading of the text itself! I am very grateful that you were able to do this for all of us, and if you go through all our live-journals, I am sure you will find much agreement on this point.
    All the best
    Nancy McKibbin

  9. May 22, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Hey Michael!

    This was one of the best classes I had ever attended! I’ve learnt so much about performing and Shakespeare from this class. I had always been told that Shakespeare can be interpreted several ways, but it wasn’t until I had to perform it where I actually realized the amount of different ways to say and react to the words Shakespeare uses. In saying that, performing our part with my awesome group gave me the opportunity to not just read the words, but see the language in a whole new light. Now when I read Shakespeare’s plays I read them carefully and try to also visualize how it would be acted out to try and grasp as many revelations as possible! It is more than obvious how much our class had learnt and grown. Thank you!

    Amanda Fajou.

  10. May 22, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Hey Michael!

    This was one of the best classes I had ever attended! I’ve learnt so much about performing and Shakespeare from this class. I had always been told that Shakespeare can be interpreted several ways, but it wasn’t until I had to perform it where I actually realized the amount of different ways to say and react to the words Shakespeare uses. In saying that, performing our part with my awesome group gave me the opportunity to not just read the words, but see the language in a whole new light. Now when I read Shakespeare’s plays I read them carefully and try to also visualize how it would be acted out to try and grasp as many revelations as possible! It is more than obvious how much our class had learnt and grown. Thank you!

    Amanda Fajou.

  11. May 22, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Hey Michael!

    This was one of the best classes I had ever attended! I’ve learnt so much about performing and Shakespeare from this class. I had always been told that Shakespeare can be interpreted several ways, but it wasn’t until I had to perform it where I actually realized the amount of different ways to say and react to the words Shakespeare uses. In saying that, performing our part with my awesome group gave me the opportunity to not just read the words, but see the language in a whole new light. Now when I read Shakespeare’s plays I read them carefully and try to also visualize how it would be acted out to try and grasp as many revelations as possible! It is more than obvious how much our class had learnt and grown. Thank you!

    Amanda Fajou.

  12. May 22, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Hey Michael!

    This was one of the best classes I had ever attended! I’ve learnt so much about performing and Shakespeare from this class. I had always been told that Shakespeare can be interpreted several ways, but it wasn’t until I had to perform it where I actually realized the amount of different ways to say and react to the words Shakespeare uses. In saying that, performing our part with my awesome group gave me the opportunity to not just read the words, but see the language in a whole new light. Now when I read Shakespeare’s plays I read them carefully and try to also visualize how it would be acted out to try and grasp as many revelations as possible! It is more than obvious how much our class had learnt and grown. Thank you!

    Amanda Fajou.

  13. May 22, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Hey Michael!

    This was one of the best classes I had ever attended! I’ve learnt so much about performing and Shakespeare from this class. I had always been told that Shakespeare can be interpreted several ways, but it wasn’t until I had to perform it where I actually realized the amount of different ways to say and react to the words Shakespeare uses. In saying that, performing our part with my awesome group gave me the opportunity to not just read the words, but see the language in a whole new light. Now when I read Shakespeare’s plays I read them carefully and try to also visualize how it would be acted out to try and grasp as many revelations as possible! It is more than obvious how much our class had learnt and grown. Thank you!

    Amanda Fajou.

  14. May 22, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Hey Michael!

    This was one of the best classes I had ever attended! I’ve learnt so much about performing and Shakespeare from this class. I had always been told that Shakespeare can be interpreted several ways, but it wasn’t until I had to perform it where I actually realized the amount of different ways to say and react to the words Shakespeare uses. In saying that, performing our part with my awesome group gave me the opportunity to not just read the words, but see the language in a whole new light. Now when I read Shakespeare’s plays I read them carefully and try to also visualize how it would be acted out to try and grasp as many revelations as possible! It is more than obvious how much our class had learnt and grown. Thank you!

    Amanda Fajou.

  15. May 22, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Hey Michael!

    This was one of the best classes I had ever attended! I’ve learnt so much about performing and Shakespeare from this class. I had always been told that Shakespeare can be interpreted several ways, but it wasn’t until I had to perform it where I actually realized the amount of different ways to say and react to the words Shakespeare uses. In saying that, performing our part with my awesome group gave me the opportunity to not just read the words, but see the language in a whole new light. Now when I read Shakespeare’s plays I read them carefully and try to also visualize how it would be acted out to try and grasp as many revelations as possible! It is more than obvious how much our class had learnt and grown. Thank you!

    Amanda Fajou.

  16. May 22, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Hey Michael!

    This was one of the best classes I had ever attended! I’ve learnt so much about performing and Shakespeare from this class. I had always been told that Shakespeare can be interpreted several ways, but it wasn’t until I had to perform it where I actually realized the amount of different ways to say and react to the words Shakespeare uses. In saying that, performing our part with my awesome group gave me the opportunity to not just read the words, but see the language in a whole new light. Now when I read Shakespeare’s plays I read them carefully and try to also visualize how it would be acted out to try and grasp as many revelations as possible! It is more than obvious how much our class had learnt and grown. Thank you!

    Amanda Fajou.

  17. May 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Hi Michael

    While this has always been one of my favourite classes I’ve taken at ACU, I’d have to say this weeks lecture, and last weeks lecture, were probably the best I’ve been to. Last week with Matt from Bell’s wasnt only helpful in terms of understanding Shakespeare a little bit more, but it was as entertaining as anything, and then this week just topped it off to see what everyone made of these plays we had spent so much time analysing. Can i sneak into next year’s third year Shakespeare classes in weeks 11 and 12? Pretty Please?

    • May 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

      Re: Hi Michael

      I would love to see you back for that class…. thanks for your comment
      MG

      • May 25, 2009 at 6:49 am

        All these pictures are hilarious! 🙂
        Thanks Michael! 🙂

      • May 25, 2009 at 7:06 am

        I would love you to say what you feel about how LJ has worked for you over the last few years? Any comments? MG

      • Anonymous
        May 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

        Thumbs up for Live Journal!

        Sure! 🙂 I have very high praise for LJ, as i’m sure you have heard me say during class, though if anything i would really recommend anybody who wants to seriously find out how beneficial it has been to our learning experience both critically and creatively to look at Reilly’s week eleven entry on his Live Journal! I agree 100% with what he has to say and i believe most, if not all Literature students will agree!

        KEPP LJ! It’s great! 🙂

      • Anonymous
        May 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

        Thumbs up for Live Journal!

        Sure! 🙂 I have very high praise for LJ, as i’m sure you have heard me say during class, though if anything i would really recommend anybody who wants to seriously find out how beneficial it has been to our learning experience both critically and creatively to look at Reilly’s week eleven entry on his Live Journal! I agree 100% with what he has to say and i believe most, if not all Literature students will agree!

        KEPP LJ! It’s great! 🙂

      • Anonymous
        May 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

        Thumbs up for Live Journal!

        Sure! 🙂 I have very high praise for LJ, as i’m sure you have heard me say during class, though if anything i would really recommend anybody who wants to seriously find out how beneficial it has been to our learning experience both critically and creatively to look at Reilly’s week eleven entry on his Live Journal! I agree 100% with what he has to say and i believe most, if not all Literature students will agree!

        KEPP LJ! It’s great! 🙂

      • May 25, 2009 at 7:06 am

        I would love you to say what you feel about how LJ has worked for you over the last few years? Any comments? MG

      • May 25, 2009 at 7:06 am

        I would love you to say what you feel about how LJ has worked for you over the last few years? Any comments? MG

      • May 25, 2009 at 6:49 am

        All these pictures are hilarious! 🙂
        Thanks Michael! 🙂

      • May 25, 2009 at 6:49 am

        All these pictures are hilarious! 🙂
        Thanks Michael! 🙂

    • May 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

      Re: Hi Michael

      I would love to see you back for that class…. thanks for your comment
      MG

    • May 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

      Re: Hi Michael

      I would love to see you back for that class…. thanks for your comment
      MG

  18. May 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Hi Michael

    While this has always been one of my favourite classes I’ve taken at ACU, I’d have to say this weeks lecture, and last weeks lecture, were probably the best I’ve been to. Last week with Matt from Bell’s wasnt only helpful in terms of understanding Shakespeare a little bit more, but it was as entertaining as anything, and then this week just topped it off to see what everyone made of these plays we had spent so much time analysing. Can i sneak into next year’s third year Shakespeare classes in weeks 11 and 12? Pretty Please?

  19. May 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Hi Michael

    While this has always been one of my favourite classes I’ve taken at ACU, I’d have to say this weeks lecture, and last weeks lecture, were probably the best I’ve been to. Last week with Matt from Bell’s wasnt only helpful in terms of understanding Shakespeare a little bit more, but it was as entertaining as anything, and then this week just topped it off to see what everyone made of these plays we had spent so much time analysing. Can i sneak into next year’s third year Shakespeare classes in weeks 11 and 12? Pretty Please?

  20. May 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Hi Michael

    While this has always been one of my favourite classes I’ve taken at ACU, I’d have to say this weeks lecture, and last weeks lecture, were probably the best I’ve been to. Last week with Matt from Bell’s wasnt only helpful in terms of understanding Shakespeare a little bit more, but it was as entertaining as anything, and then this week just topped it off to see what everyone made of these plays we had spent so much time analysing. Can i sneak into next year’s third year Shakespeare classes in weeks 11 and 12? Pretty Please?

    • May 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

      Re: Hi Michael

      I would love to see you back for that class…. thanks for your comment
      MG

      • May 25, 2009 at 6:49 am

        All these pictures are hilarious! 🙂
        Thanks Michael! 🙂

      • May 25, 2009 at 7:06 am

        I would love you to say what you feel about how LJ has worked for you over the last few years? Any comments? MG

      • Anonymous
        May 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

        Thumbs up for Live Journal!

        Sure! 🙂 I have very high praise for LJ, as i’m sure you have heard me say during class, though if anything i would really recommend anybody who wants to seriously find out how beneficial it has been to our learning experience both critically and creatively to look at Reilly’s week eleven entry on his Live Journal! I agree 100% with what he has to say and i believe most, if not all Literature students will agree!

        KEPP LJ! It’s great! 🙂

  21. May 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Hi Michael

    While this has always been one of my favourite classes I’ve taken at ACU, I’d have to say this weeks lecture, and last weeks lecture, were probably the best I’ve been to. Last week with Matt from Bell’s wasnt only helpful in terms of understanding Shakespeare a little bit more, but it was as entertaining as anything, and then this week just topped it off to see what everyone made of these plays we had spent so much time analysing. Can i sneak into next year’s third year Shakespeare classes in weeks 11 and 12? Pretty Please?

    • May 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

      Re: Hi Michael

      I would love to see you back for that class…. thanks for your comment
      MG

      • May 25, 2009 at 6:49 am

        All these pictures are hilarious! 🙂
        Thanks Michael! 🙂

      • May 25, 2009 at 7:06 am

        I would love you to say what you feel about how LJ has worked for you over the last few years? Any comments? MG

      • Anonymous
        May 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

        Thumbs up for Live Journal!

        Sure! 🙂 I have very high praise for LJ, as i’m sure you have heard me say during class, though if anything i would really recommend anybody who wants to seriously find out how beneficial it has been to our learning experience both critically and creatively to look at Reilly’s week eleven entry on his Live Journal! I agree 100% with what he has to say and i believe most, if not all Literature students will agree!

        KEPP LJ! It’s great! 🙂

  22. May 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Hi Michael

    While this has always been one of my favourite classes I’ve taken at ACU, I’d have to say this weeks lecture, and last weeks lecture, were probably the best I’ve been to. Last week with Matt from Bell’s wasnt only helpful in terms of understanding Shakespeare a little bit more, but it was as entertaining as anything, and then this week just topped it off to see what everyone made of these plays we had spent so much time analysing. Can i sneak into next year’s third year Shakespeare classes in weeks 11 and 12? Pretty Please?

    • May 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

      Re: Hi Michael

      I would love to see you back for that class…. thanks for your comment
      MG

      • May 25, 2009 at 6:49 am

        All these pictures are hilarious! 🙂
        Thanks Michael! 🙂

      • May 25, 2009 at 7:06 am

        I would love you to say what you feel about how LJ has worked for you over the last few years? Any comments? MG

      • Anonymous
        May 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

        Thumbs up for Live Journal!

        Sure! 🙂 I have very high praise for LJ, as i’m sure you have heard me say during class, though if anything i would really recommend anybody who wants to seriously find out how beneficial it has been to our learning experience both critically and creatively to look at Reilly’s week eleven entry on his Live Journal! I agree 100% with what he has to say and i believe most, if not all Literature students will agree!

        KEPP LJ! It’s great! 🙂

  23. May 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Hi Michael

    While this has always been one of my favourite classes I’ve taken at ACU, I’d have to say this weeks lecture, and last weeks lecture, were probably the best I’ve been to. Last week with Matt from Bell’s wasnt only helpful in terms of understanding Shakespeare a little bit more, but it was as entertaining as anything, and then this week just topped it off to see what everyone made of these plays we had spent so much time analysing. Can i sneak into next year’s third year Shakespeare classes in weeks 11 and 12? Pretty Please?

  24. May 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Hi Michael

    While this has always been one of my favourite classes I’ve taken at ACU, I’d have to say this weeks lecture, and last weeks lecture, were probably the best I’ve been to. Last week with Matt from Bell’s wasnt only helpful in terms of understanding Shakespeare a little bit more, but it was as entertaining as anything, and then this week just topped it off to see what everyone made of these plays we had spent so much time analysing. Can i sneak into next year’s third year Shakespeare classes in weeks 11 and 12? Pretty Please?

    • May 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

      Re: Hi Michael

      I would love to see you back for that class…. thanks for your comment
      MG

      • May 25, 2009 at 6:49 am

        All these pictures are hilarious! 🙂
        Thanks Michael! 🙂

      • May 25, 2009 at 7:06 am

        I would love you to say what you feel about how LJ has worked for you over the last few years? Any comments? MG

      • Anonymous
        May 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

        Thumbs up for Live Journal!

        Sure! 🙂 I have very high praise for LJ, as i’m sure you have heard me say during class, though if anything i would really recommend anybody who wants to seriously find out how beneficial it has been to our learning experience both critically and creatively to look at Reilly’s week eleven entry on his Live Journal! I agree 100% with what he has to say and i believe most, if not all Literature students will agree!

        KEPP LJ! It’s great! 🙂

  25. May 24, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Re: Hi Michael

    I would love to see you back for that class…. thanks for your comment
    MG

  26. May 25, 2009 at 6:49 am

    All these pictures are hilarious! 🙂
    Thanks Michael! 🙂

  27. May 25, 2009 at 7:06 am

    I would love you to say what you feel about how LJ has worked for you over the last few years? Any comments? MG

  28. Anonymous
    May 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Thumbs up for Live Journal!

    Sure! 🙂 I have very high praise for LJ, as i’m sure you have heard me say during class, though if anything i would really recommend anybody who wants to seriously find out how beneficial it has been to our learning experience both critically and creatively to look at Reilly’s week eleven entry on his Live Journal! I agree 100% with what he has to say and i believe most, if not all Literature students will agree!

    KEPP LJ! It’s great! 🙂

  29. May 29, 2009 at 1:24 am

    what great photos!! i love everyones costumes heheh. these images bring back the memories of that crazy day! 🙂

  30. May 29, 2009 at 1:24 am

    what great photos!! i love everyones costumes heheh. these images bring back the memories of that crazy day! 🙂

  31. May 29, 2009 at 1:24 am

    what great photos!! i love everyones costumes heheh. these images bring back the memories of that crazy day! 🙂

  32. May 29, 2009 at 1:24 am

    what great photos!! i love everyones costumes heheh. these images bring back the memories of that crazy day! 🙂

  33. May 29, 2009 at 1:24 am

    what great photos!! i love everyones costumes heheh. these images bring back the memories of that crazy day! 🙂

  34. May 29, 2009 at 1:24 am

    what great photos!! i love everyones costumes heheh. these images bring back the memories of that crazy day! 🙂

  35. May 29, 2009 at 1:24 am

    what great photos!! i love everyones costumes heheh. these images bring back the memories of that crazy day! 🙂

  36. May 29, 2009 at 1:24 am

    what great photos!! i love everyones costumes heheh. these images bring back the memories of that crazy day! 🙂

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