Cracks in the Curriculum: Reclaiming Shakespeare

Educators Workshop

Serpentine Gallery

17 Nov 2016 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Cracks in the Curriculum: Reclaiming Shakespeare

Free, booking required

Theatre Director Frances Rifkin led a performative workshop for educators exploring Shakespeare through the lens of radical political theatre.

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Through a focus on Twelfth Night, participants developed personal and critical readings of William Shakespeare inspired by the history and practices of radical theatre.

Using critical discussion, performative readings and forum theatre, they explored the political and social counter-narratives within Twelfth Night and make links between Shakespeare and the world today. The session included time and support to map out ways of applying the ideas back to context.

Cracks in the Curriculum aims to bring artists and educators together to discuss ways of bringing pressing social issues into the classroom. The workshop is devised for anyone who works with children or young people and wants to join an active discussion about Shakespeare, drama and English in schools. Materials, resources and refreshments are provided free of charge. 

Frances Rifkin is a director of political and community theatre. Since 2011, Rifkin has been working with the Serpentine Galleries’ as the director of Implicated Theatre. Frances Rifkin was director of Recreation Ground Theatre Company (1971 – 1979) and Banner Theatre, Birmingham (1979 - 1988) and participated as a theatre activist in the anti-fascist movements, disputes and strikes of the time. Rifkin trained extensively with Augusto Boal and was lecturer on community and workshop theatre at Warwick and Lancaster Universities (1992 – 1997). Frances Rifkin is co-curator of Dancing with Colours, Whipping with Words: Dario Fo and political theatre at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, October 6 - 30. 

This workshop runs in parallel to Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s exhibition An Autumn Lexicon at the Serpentine Gallery until 20 November.

For more information please contact: 

Ben Messih, Assistant Curator, Serpentine Education
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 7298 1516

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