This year’s English Department Lower Sixth Literature trip combined writing and theatre. The trip started with study of ekphrastic poetry – poetry which uses the detailed description of a work of visual art as a focus. The day itself began at the Tate Modern where students identified a work of art to develop their own writing. After a quick lunch, it was a short walk to The Globe for an audience’s choice performance. The cast offered three plays, the crowd cheered and the loudest cheer – for “The Comedy of Errors” – won. It was a real experience to be able to watch a play in such a faithful reproduction of Shakespeare’s theatre and gave us a real insight into some of the practicalities of performance to carry over into our literary analysis of Shakespeare’s work.