Shakespeare never intended his plays to be studied, deconstructed and analyzed, he intended for them to be performed. So, in honour of the Bard, Year 9 have become directors, designers, actors and producers to bring the words of Macbeth off the page and onto the stage. This project demands a high-level of understanding of the relationships and motivations of the characters and gives students the opportunity to be creative and responsible for meeting deadlines.
Each year I am in awe of the students’ talent: from the beautiful costume designs, inventive staging ideas and passionate performances, and this year was no exception. Students showcased theatre-in-the-round, promenade theatre and filming techniques with much success. Individuals who might be quiet in the classroom showed confidence and passion in their roles on stage. As well as this, students learned skills of lighting and sound to enhance the mystery and drama of the scenes.
The Scottish play is filled with murder, revenge, blood and madness which always appeals to the amateur director. This year we saw Macbeth played by girls and Lady Macbeth played by boys; we saw Gangster Macbeth drinking in seedy bars and comical witches stealing Macbeths lines; we saw the Lady Macbeth go from strength to madness and Doctors administering her aid.
But it was not all hard-work, the day ended with a banquet where the teachers (dressed as three witches and Macbeth) served them with food and drink, they listened to Macbeth’s playlist and took part in a Macbeth quiz. A lot of commitment but rewarding and fun for all who took part.