7th April 2017 – On Monday, all of our Year 10 pupils watched a performance of Macbeth, their core Shakespeare GCSE text. The performance was highly engaging and enjoyable, and gave every student a good introduction to the play ahead of their study of the text next term. During the interactive session at the start of the performance, students were given insight into the company’s choices for characterisation and staging; including the exploration of the presentation of the witches as children and elements of stage fighting. The performance itself was gripping from the start, particularly Macbeth’s famous dagger soliloquy, the banquet scene and appearance of Banquo’s ghost and the final confrontation between Macbeth and Macduff. The Q&A session at the end also provided students with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and explore the motivations behind each character and to explore the company’s interpretations of certain character such as the way in which they portrayed the three witches as demonic children. All in all the Year 10 cohort gained valuable knowledge and insight into the play and seemed to really enjoy the thrilling performance.