A group of students gained a better understanding of drama by attending a workshop hosted by professional actors. They had seen the actors perform Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare's best loved comedies, at the 35th Hong Kong Arts Festival in March. At the language workshop Page to Stage, the cast members from Propeller, a British, all-male theatre company, taught the students how to bring Shakespearean text to life on stage. The workshop took place on the same stage as the actual performance -The Lyric Theatre of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. This gave students a realistic theatre experience. Tom Daley, the associate director of Propeller and a member of the cast, shared the group's experiences with the students and explained how they approach Shakespeare. Then they invited the students and teachers to take part in Act 1, Scene 2 of Twelfth Night. This scene takes place on a ship travelling through a storm. Yu Ching-fung, a 16-year-old student at Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College, moved a piece of cloth up and down to resemble big waves at sea. 'The most remarkable part of the workshop was how cast members kept adding different roles to the scene. They have to be able to think quickly and adapt,' he said. While students often use pre-recorded soundtracks to accompany their drama shows, Felix Lee Yin-chung, a Form Four student at Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School, said it was useful to learn how to accompany a show with live sounds using musical instruments. 'It adds colour to the performance compared to just playing soundtracks,' he said. The cast also taught students to interpret a female role using tone and body language instead of a high-pitched voice. Miki Yeung Fuk-wai, a Form Four student also from Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School, said the workshop helped to improve her spoken English. 'I paid close attention to the cast members' accents,' she said. 'I tried to improve my English by following their pronunciation.'