Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a world-renown theatre dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare. We were asked by The Globe Education Trust to produce a set of games that would form content for their digital Playground. Using our games framework we created a number of games and a quiz that were fun and educational.
In addition to use within the Playground our content was used in “Exploring Shakespeare” – a specially commissioned wireWAX video. Since its launch, Exploring Shakespeare has won three awards, including: the New Media Awards, Arts and Culture (Best in Industry) award and Web Awards (Education Standard of Excellence and Non-Profit Standard of Excellence).
Award winning design and development
In playing the games and quiz you focus on four of Shakespeare’s best loved plays – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest and Macbeth. Each game features a selection of Globe Education’s own cast of animal characters, or ‘beasts’, with the user playing a different beast in each game:
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream – ‘Costume Collector’. A game designed to teach people about the intricate and elaborate costumes used in the Globe’s real theatre productions. Perkins (the shrew) has been put in charge of the wardrobe department and has to dress characters for their roles. Unfortunately – perhaps because of the Globe’s famous ‘in the round‘ design – strong winds are causing chaos backstage: blowing the carefully organised piles of garments up into the air. Perkins has to race to catch the correct items of clothing, in the correct order, in order to dress the waiting actors. Meanwhile Kit the cat is adding to the confusion by furiously digging through the piles of costumes – sending yet more garments flying.
- Macbeth – In ‘Prop Hunter’. It seems that Perkins, as well as the company choreographer, is also the general dogsbody – has to collect all the props for the famous witches scene in the play… in the correct order. Is her work never done!
- The Tempest – ‘Stage Magic’. Here Perkins plays the stage hand, throwing lightning from the rafters. She must strike the ship three times, eliciting proclamations from the actors on the ship bound for Prospero’s island. Don’t hit the seagulls or barrels Perkins!
- Romeo and Juliet – ‘Casting Call’. Deemed too important a role for Perkins, Slye – as acting casting director, must select matching roles for the Capulets and Montagues. Match the wrong family and you’ll be one step closer to getting the sack Slye! Have your lives restored by matching Romeo and Juliet – ah the power of love!