Ask students to make a collage from old magazines, newspapers, etc. from the point of view of a character from the play. The collage should represent this character in terms of emotion, clothing, and interests. It can be abstract, but students should be able to explain their choices.
Casting the Play
Ask students to cast Lear from actors today. Why would they choose who they choose? Describe their vision of the characters. Are they thin, fat, awkward, or graceful?
Have students in groups of two come to the front of the class. One student will act as "Interviewer" and the second student will portray a character from the play. Have the students improvise an interview, asking how the character feels about other characters in the play, their motivations, and their actions. Ask them about the time period and how they feel about their situation...
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