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Give yourself a Shakespearean look, play a "Bard Game" with family and friends and put your own twist on some Shakespearean classics in this Family Activity for William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities here on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.

Ruff Around the Edges

In this activity, you'll create your very own look inspired by the Bard himself. 

Materials: Coffee filters, stapler, scissors, hole punch, string

Step One: Measure your string so that it comfortably fits around your neck with a little bit of room. 

Step Two: Fold your coffee filter in half and then fold it in half again. 

Making the Ruff

Making the Ruff

Step Three: Staple the side that isn't ruffly, approximately 1.5 inches from the edge.

Making the Ruff

Step Four: Make a hole using your hole punch or scissors on the bottom corner of your filter, below the staple. 

Making the Ruff

Step Five: Cut off the pointy bottom of the folded coffee filter 

Making the Ruff

Step Six: You will repeat steps one to five as many times as it takes to fill the string around your neck with coffee filters. Think of it like making a necklace! Loop all of your folded coffee filters onto your string and tie the string around your neck. Fluff out the ruff, and tada! You're ready to write your next play. You could even wear your new ruff to William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)!

Making the Ruff

Making the Ruff

The Bard Game

This is a game made of mini-Shakespearean challenges that are very similar to games that you already know and love. Get ready to challenge with your family, using your wit and imagination!

Materials: Bard Game Template, game cards, scissors, timer

Step One: Print out the following The Bard Game

Create your own cards for the "Who Am I?" and "How Many Can You Name?" challenges. Fill these in with your own ideas.

Step Two: Learn how to play the game and create your cards.

Game Rules: 
  • This is a two player game. Once completed, the next player can challenge the winner! The youngest player begins the game.
  • The first player moves to the first place and plays the mini challenge indicated on the space.
  • If you win the mini game, you move forward. If you do not win, then you stay to try again during your next turn.
  • The first player to get to the end wins.
Mini Challenge Rules:

Who Am I?
  • Set your timer for 60 seconds.
  • Pick up a card and place it on your forehead (no peeking!)
  • The other player gives you clues about which Shakespearean character is on your card. They're not allowed to rhyme the name or spell it out.
  • If you guess it before the 60 seconds are up, move to the next space!
How Many Can You Name?
  • Set your timer for 60 seconds.
  • Pick a card and read the number and category written on it. Then, list subjects from the category. How many? As many as the card indicates! Imagine that it says "six heroines." You would then list six of Shakespeare's heroines—Beatrice, Hero, Juliet, Portia, Titania and Viola
  • If you can name the amount written on the card, move forward!
Duel!
  • Each player gets a card.
  • Set your timer for 60 seconds and begin the battle. The player whose turn it is goes second in this challenge.
  • Players must explain why and how their character will win a duel with the other, based on creative thinking and the information on the card. 
  • The one with the most believable story is victorious!
  • EXAMPLE: I pull up a Juliet: Poison card. My opponent pulls a Hamlet: Knife card. My opponent argues that Hamlet would win over Juliet, because of his weapon. I will argue that Juliet poisoned him before the duel even began!
Step Three: Challenge your family and friends. 

Say It Like You Meme It
In this activity you will read some quotes from Shakespeare's best known plays and put your own twist on them.

Step One: Pick one of the following Shakespearean quotes

Quote Bank: 

"To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them. To die: to sleep;"
—Hamlet, Hamlet

"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
—Polonius, Hamlet

"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."
—Macbeth, Macbeth

"My words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
Words without thoughts never to heaven go."
—King Claudius, Hamlet

"Ay me, for aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth,
But either it was different in blood—"
—Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind."
—Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream

"One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun
Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun"
—Romeo, Romeo and Juliet

"Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."
—Juliet, Romeo and Juliet


Step Two: Move around the word order or add some words of your own to completely change the meaning.

Example:
Real Quote: "Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow." Juliet, Romeo and Juliet
New Quote: "Night, night! Partying is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say night night till it be morrow."

Step Three: Think of a character from any of your favorite books, movies or TV series saying the new quote you just created. Search an image of that character, save it and put into this meme generator with the new quote your created. How much did the quote change now? 

Example
 
 
Long Lost First Play Thumb That's right, the "Bad Boys of Abridgement" are back! Uproarious and rapid-fire, the Reduced Shakespeare Company makes sharp, short comedy in their latest sendup, spinning the Bard's 39 plays into a fast, funny and fictional 40th. Get your tickets today!

 
Posted by Beth Henderson
January 25, 2018

Family Activity: Bromance


Design a card for your "bro," challenge your family to a competition and find your inner balance in this Family Activity! You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.

Bromantine

There are loads of ways to tell someone you appreciate them. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, write a card to your favorite "bro."

Materials: Paper, coloring and writing utensils

Step One: Discuss what you think a bromance is. Is it a gendered term? Can two females have a bromance?

Step Two: Think of someone that you have a special relationship with. This could be anyone, a teacher, a sibling, a parent or a coach. Consider these questions:
  • What makes that person special?
  • What is one thing they do that you really appreciate?
  • How would you describe your relationship with them?

Step Three: Once you have chosen your person, think of a relationship in popular culture that reminds you of the relationship you have with that person. 

Examples:
Bert and Ernie
Bert and Ernie
 
Simone and Aly
Simone Biles and Aly Raisman

Joe Biden and Barack Obama
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Former President Barack Obama

Step Three: Using markers and crayons, write and decorate a card. HINT: Use the relationship you identified in Step Two as the text for your card. 

Example: You are the Bert to my Ernie, a true friendmance. Thank you for always making me laugh!

Example

Step Four: Once you have finished your card, don't forget to give it to the person and make their day! 

BONUS: Bromance is the combination of the two words "brother" and "romance." What other words can you smash together to create a new word for a type of relationship? For example if you are close to your cousin and think of them like a sibling, you could call them your "cousling!"

Anything you can do, I can do better!

The bros of Bromance are always one-upping each other. In this activity, see which family member can do these quirky challenges the best! 

Step One: Try out these challenges below.

Most Ambidextrous
Together, choose a word and then everyone try to write it with their left and right hand. Whoever writes both words best gets a point. 

Most Bendy Fingers
Bend your index finger back to your wrist. Whoever gets closest gets a point. 

Longest Tongue
Touch your nose with your tongue. Whoever can reach the furthest gets a point.

Most Likely to Tie Themselves in a Knot
Try to touch your tongue to your elbow. Whoever can do it gets a point.

Most Flexible
Touch the ground without bending your knees. Whoever can do it gets a point. 

Most Eye Control
Cross your eyes. Whoever can do it gets a point. 

Step Two: Once you finish the challenges, tally your points.

Step Three: Do you have any other hidden talents? Show your family. If you are the only one that can do it add a point to your tally. Whoever has the most points at the end, wins! 

All in the Balance

In Bromance, you will see jaw dropping tricks and physical feats, including those with a Cyr Wheel! To perform acrobatics with a Cyr wheel, you have to have excellent balance. In this activity, practice your balancing skills and see if you can be like the guys from Bromance

Cyr Wheel
Materials: Books of varying shapes and sizes, coins, masking tape 

Challenge One: Quarter Spin
  • Every person playing picks up a quarter.
  • At the same time, try spinning quarters on a table and see whose coin spins the longest.
  • Bonus: Try spinning the quarter and see if you can make it stop while keeping it standing up.
Quarter Spin

Challenge Two: Book Balance
  • Using masking tape, create a path on the floor.
  • Take turns balancing the books on your head and seeing if you can walk on the line.
  • Bonus: Add extra challenges like adding more books or trying to distract people while they are walking.

Challenge Three: Spin Doctors
  • Close your eyes and spin around three times.
  • See if you can walk on the tape line without falling.
  • Whoever can do it best, wins!
Photos: Chris Nash

 
Bromance Thumb In Bromance, the astonishing talent of these three mates from London will make a hopeless bromantic out of you. Get your tickets today!

 
Posted by Beth Henderson
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