Year 13 Students Recreate Shakespeare’s MacbethJanet
As part of their studies, Year 13 CTEC and Arts Award students have to create their own piece of contemporary repertoire using a traditional piece of classical theatre (in this instance Shakespeare’s Macbeth). Having studied Macbeth to understand the characters, their motivations as well as the over-arching themes, students set to work producing their own modern version.
Having looked at a variety of contemporary theatre techniques, they chose to base their version of this classic and well-known tale by applying the methodologies of Frantic Assembly. Frantic Assembly are a world-renowned physical theatre company, committed to producing brave and bold theatre for audiences.
Students chose to set their version of Macbeth in a modern prison and performed it to an invited audience in the School’s own Drama Studio. The Performing Arts CTEC enables students to choose a particular discipline of theatre production they wish to focus on. Some of the students therefore took on acting roles, some dance and others were responsible for set, lighting or costume design but all played a key part in bringing the production to the stage.
Jon Lee, Drama Teacher, was once again thrilled by the quality of the students’ performance piece and the way they worked together, each bringing their own skills and experiences to create a coherent whole. For those of you who were unable to watch the performance, we’ve included some edited highlights below and trust you will enjoy watching our talented students perform.