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Thursday, 20 November 2014
The Young Shakespeare Company brought one of Shakespeare’s most iconic tragedies to Year 5 and 6 pupils this week, with a thrilling and innovative interpretation of Macbeth. The story telling was clear, concise and meaningful, and the themes of love, hatred, jealousy and secrecy were explored through the drama.
An abundance of audience participation helped the girls to get engaged with the production. By creating the spooky sounds of the Scottish heath, they helped to create the tension of Macbeth and Banquo's meeting with the witches – which was quite a shock when the lights came up and the witches were revealed! They were also involved as King Duncan’s attendants and at Macbeth’s coronation ceremony. Pupils threw themselves into the playing their parts with gusto.
The Young Shakespeare Company's storyteller also asked the girls lots of questions in between full scenes in Shakespearean language, ensuring that they understood the complexities of the play. They were encouraged to explore the thoughts, feelings and motivations of the characters in various scenes as well. The girls were keen to show their knowledge and answered with lots of enthusiasm.
It was a real pleasure to witness all the girls learning in such a dynamic way, and thoroughly enjoying the production. The Young Shakespeare Company’s portrayal of this tragedy was a tremendous success!
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