Teaching Drama



The next time someone says to you ‘I can’t understand Shakespeare’ or ‘we can’t do Shakespeare here, nobody understands it,’ or any other sentence involving the words ‘Shakespeare’ and ‘can’t’ I want you to send them this story.

A group of farmers wives in a small village in Turkey recently put up production of Hamlet. They were led by a woman who left school at 12; she adapted, directed and stared in the production. Shakespeare inspired her.

There’s no flash and sparkle here: it’s a simple show, with simple production values, simply telling a story. There’s no notion of too hard, or too old, or too irrelevant.

Cliche though it may be, there is no such thing as can’t.

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Lindsay Price


  • What a fantastic story! I am working with a group trying to bring Shakespeare to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It’s amazing to me that so many years later the vast majority of his plays still have such broad appeal! A testament to such wonderful story-telling. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Shakespeare’s stories and characters are universal. We just have to keep beating that drum! I taught a Romeo and Juliet workshop for ESL students once because the teacher was insistent, against the wishes of her administration, that they learn Shakespeare and they could learn Shakeseapre. At the end of it, the students wanted to know which play they were going to read next….