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'The Macbeth Curse' Entertains Pupils

Monday, 18 April 2016

Year 8 boys and pupils from the Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ Schools enjoyed a special touring production of The Macbeth Curse in the Arts Centre on Saturday.

The play is set in 1902, when Sir Alphonse King and his ‘Sixty Minute Shakespeare Ensemble’ are rehearsing Macbeth for a Royal Command Performance. However, as things start to go wrong, the cast begin to wonder if they have fallen foul of the infamous ‘Macbeth Curse’. Written by Terry Deary, who is famous for the Horrible Histories books and TV show, and presented by the Octagon Theatre and Prime Theatre, this hilarious condensed version of The Scottish Play integrates Shakespeare’s words with Musical Hall songs and Edwardian theatricality.

The Macbeth Curse was a wonderful and fun introduction to Macbeth for all of the pupils who attended the performance. It gave a fresh new perspective on the play and got the pupils engaged with the work of Shakespeare.

The cast also gave a question and answer session after the performance. The Year 8 boys found this particularly useful, as they are currently working on Shakespeare as young directors to achieve Bronze level Arts Awards. They asked lots of questions about the process of putting on this type of Shakespeare production and gained insight into the thought behind The Macbeth Curse.

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'The Macbeth Curse' was a condensed version of Shakespeare's tragedy

Music Hall songs and other Edwardian touches were added

Music Hall songs and other Edwardian touches were added

The actors gave a useful Q&A session after the performance

The actors gave a useful Q&A session after the performance