I love when I serendipitously come across links like this one. If I still taught high school English — if I somehow could have sustained myself (mentally, financially) in that profession past my 20’s — I would definitely use one of these to describe a Shakespeare play. While the play is always much more than the plot and the language is what adds so much to the beauty, I think these are wonderful for making a play accessible. If you know what is going on, it is so much easier to listen and pay attention to the language.
I haven’t had time to watch all of these in their entirety, but have seen snippets. The video describing the project is interesting too.
Using household objects to represent the characters seemed a bit strange at first. Yet, I know when I’ve tried to explain a complicated story to someone, I’ve often reached for simple objects to represent. It works!
I love how in the retelling of Romeo & Juliet, Sam Taylor refers to each member with the surname of the house he belongs to. It isn’t enough to know Juliet is a Capulet and Romeo a Montague, but to know which house each of the other characters belong to.