Classroom Exercise Playwriting

Shakespeare Exercise: Reframe the play

Written by Lindsay Price

This is a great classroom exercise to not only have fun with Shakespeare but to also see how well students can re-frame which ever Shakespeare play they are studying.

Take a character from one genre (a Shakespearean play) and re-frame that character by way of a second genre (e.g. Science Fiction movie) through the medium of poster design. Both genres should be clear on the poster.

Follow the template of the below example for your project.

  • Choose a Shakespearean character. (Macbeth)
  • Choose a Science Fiction movie. What sci-fi movie could your Shakespearean character star in? (The Terminator)
  • Re-frame the title of the Science Fiction movie so that it fits your character. (The Kinginator)
  • Create a visual that incorporates elements from both the Shakespeare character and the sci-fi movie. (The character looks like the Terminator but wears a king’s crown.)
  • Create a tagline for this new movie that helps describe who the Shakespearean character is and what they do in the play. (He’s going to be King. Or else.)
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Lindsay Price