The whole of Year 11 and their English teachers had the privilege of watching three fantastic actors from Ginificent perform a true-to-text rendition of Stevenson’s murderous tale, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in preparation for their English Literature GCSE.
For 1 hour, the Performing Arts Centre was transformed into a scene from Victorian London and the clever set enabled students to visualise some of the more complex aspects of the novel. The name and number of each chapter was clearly displayed on a screen amidst the set, along with a voice over of key extracts and scenes which take place on the streets of London.
After the performance, the actors led a superb discussion where our students asked some very perceptive questions about the characters and plot. The actors gave extended answers, developing the students’ understanding of theme, context and character motive, all of which will be invaluable for the summer exams.
It was a fantastic experience for both staff and students to see the only true-to-text performance available delivered in such a unique and engaging way. Not only did it enable students to revise their knowledge, but also made them consider the text from alternative perspectives and hear the professional actors’ interpretations of the story.