Teachers love to introduce students to the great works of Shakespeare but often find their enthusiasm for his work unshared by their pupils. Fortunately, Magpie Games has created a storytelling experience that is sure to interest students in The Bard by dropping them right into the drama of rehearsing and retelling a Shakespearean play. The Play’s the Thing allows students to tinker with Shakespeare’s precious thoughts and plots in a way that is safe and fun and full of educational possibilities.
This guide, written by Pete Figtree, intended to be used alongside The Play’s The Thing. Any hesitation an educator might have about using games in class will find that this one encourages deep student engagement in the reading and study of Shakespeare’s masterpieces.
The Play’s The Thing is a storytelling game about actors who want to rewrite the Shakespearean roles they’ve been given.
With this guide, students and teachers can tell the story of an acting troupe that is scheduled to perform a new play, but has a lot of disagreements about how that play should go. While the Playwright/Teacher might present students with a classic Shakespearean folio, the kids can use their imaginations and wits to craft new events and excitement in old stories.