The Faerie Queene Fable and Drama Project

This project is led by Simon Palfrey who will work in conjunction with the academic and dramaturg Elisabeth Dutton.

Second Schools workshop: George Mitchell School, Leyton

George Mitchell School is an inner-city comprehensive in London. Students are 60-70% from non-English speaking families; 60% have Special Educational Needs; 60% qualify for Free School Meals; George Mitchell’s ‘feeding’ estate hosts some of the most violent gang crime in the capital, and the ward is one of the most deprived (according to the latest Urban Deprivation Indices) in the country. Students are are 60-70% from non-English speaking families; 60% have Special Educational Needs; 60% qualify for Free School Meals; George Mitchell’s ‘feeding’ estate hosts some of the most violent gang crime in the capital, and the ward is one of the most deprived (according to the latest Urban Deprivation Indices) in the country.

I had sessions with two Digital Technology classes, in years 9 and 10. We went through the introductory materials, setting out the nature of this fairyland, the vices and virtues that are found in it, and some of the vivid scenes and figures that Spenser uses to bring virtue and vice to life. The task for these students is to come up with their own scenes or images, using the technologies that they have been learning. This might be in the form of animation, photo-shopping, music or soundscapes, film, painting…We hope that the students’ work can be used in the play, and as a moving backdrop to the Faerie Queene evening at King’s Place on March 7 2011.