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Monday, 06 October 2014
The Year 9 boys were in for a treat in their fortnightly SPACE session, as the Sky Blue Theatre Company took over the Arts Centre to help them put on a unique performance of Macbeth. After a brief introduction to the play, the Sky Blue actors selected a group of volunteers to take to the stage, where the boys donned a variety of costumes and assumed the roles of the main characters from the play.
The action began immediately, with Macbeth and Banquo encouraged to show off their sword-fighting technique as the Sky Blue actors explained their characters to the audience. The Sky Blue actors then led the boys through the action of the play itself, asking their costumed volunteers to use their own words to advance the plot and helping them along with hints and tips about what to do next.
Whether the boys knew Macbeth well or hardly at all, they threw themselves into their roles and had a great time performing in front of their classmates.
However, it was not just the volunteers who were involved. As the plot advanced and they reached key scenes, boys from the audience were encouraged to throw in their ideas and help to direct the characters. This gave them an opportunity to evaluate what was happening in the scene and what it would mean to the characters involved.
The Arts Centre was filled with laughter for much of this unusual and unforgettable performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy!
The boys really enjoyed performing, directing and watching the action and were captivated throughout. At the end of the afternoon, they left with a much greater understanding of the plot and themes of Macbeth, which will help to inform their further study of the play, and of Shakespeare’s work more generally.
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