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Year 6 Take to The Stage
28 November 2014
Year 6 pupils were treated to a storyteller and four Young Shakespeare Company actors who performed Shakespeare's mesmerizing story of ambition, guilt and revenge in a fast-moving, fully-costumed interactive production of Macbeth.
The play was brought vividly to life around and among the children, at times including the whole audience to create such dramatic scenes as the meeting between Macbeth and the witches, the royal banquet at which Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost and the thrilling battle in which Macbeth comes face to face with his greatest enemy - Macduff.
Throughout the performance the storyteller enabled the girls to become actively involved in the play through a carefully structured range of drama and language activities. They were encouraged to explore the motives, thoughts and feelings of the characters, improvising, for example, how Lady Macbeth might try to persuade her husband to carry out the assassination of the King. Volunteers from among the pupils were also chosen to become individual characters in the story and all of Year 6 had the opportunity to speak and enjoy Shakespeare's words.
An excellent performance that was enjoyed by all.