Jekyll and Hyde
Ideally suited to Years 10 and 11
Performance length: 55/60 minutes followed by a 30-minute workshop
Audience number: approximately 150
Venue: ideally school hall with the audience on four sides
Created in collaboration with students from the East Midlands, South West and South East, the company’s latest adaptation explores in thrilling theatre the chilling vision provided by Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella in all its horror. This is a world in which relationships are governed by secrecy, suspicion and doubt; a world of internal and external conflict as one man’s struggles with the duality of his nature threaten to destroy himself and his relationships with those around him.
Modular Workshops Include:
• An exploration of Stevenson’s creation of Hyde as figure of terror/mystery in a chosen extract
• Stevenson’s creation of character e.g. Lanyon, Utterson
• An exploration of Stevenson’s creation of an atmosphere of fear and horror in a chosen extract
Following the success of The Frankenstein Project, the company is delighted to be able to present another opportunity for students to work with professional actors and creatives and be actively involved in the process of adapting and staging a new production for schools.
In the first stage of the project, Box Clever will work with students from twelve secondary schools in Kent, Lincolnshire and Wiltshire to write a new stage adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The first year culminates in a rehearsed reading by our professional actors of the new adaptation. In the second year of the project, the same students will be involved in rehearsals, observing and participating in the process. The project culminates in the touring of the final production to all the project schools.
I really liked the whole project overall because I got to add in my own knowledge of the novel and I also felt that I had a key part in making the production what it was. I am extremely pleased that I had the opportunity to work on the production because it has furthered my knowledge and challenged me to think about the background of the book. I would really like to do this again. Absolutely amazing experience!
The project as a whole has been challenging and very rewarding, due to the mammoth task achieved. The students will benefit greatly from being able to have discussions with the director and actors throughout. We have all thoroughly enjoyed being part of this process, seeing ideas come to life so quickly and creatively. The contact we were given to the director and actors was of the highest quality and really valuable. Would I do this project again? Yes, yes, yes!
Curriculum Leader Drama, Wigan/St Helens
A message from Tom:
As patron of Box Clever, I am asking for your support to help the company create and tour a brand new adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde to young people in schools across the country.
Thank you, Tom Burke
Photos and comments relate to
The Frankenstein Project
If you are interested in this project or would like more information, please contact [email protected] or 0207 793 0040.