11 May Macbeth Performance
On Friday 4th May a theatre company called The Globe Players performed ‘Macbeth’ to all KS4 students. As Shakespeare wrote the play as a performance piece, the English team were determined to give students the opportunity to study the play from the perspective of a Jacobean audience, which is a key skill students may apply in their exams. For our students in Year 10, this provided an exciting introduction to the play and enables them to understand the key themes explored by Shakespeare before they study the text next year. In the afternoon, Year 11 were able to fully engage with the different performance aspects of the play, encouraging students to explore the text through multiple interpretations. Undoubtedly, it will be an invaluable source to draw upon so close to their upcoming GCSEs.
At the end of both performances, the cast invited the students and staff to ask any questions about the play or performance. Student questions were extremely thoughtful and showed a great depth of understanding and engagement with the performance. The production team complimented the school for how well-behaved, mature and engaged they were on the day, which is an absolute delight to hear.
Most certainly, seeing ‘Macbeth’ performed on the stage in a traditional Shakespearean layout has allowed JRCS students to access the play in greater depth and consider different productions of the play. We encourage all students to use their experience of this performance in their upcoming exams, not only to elevate their analysis and help improve their overall GCSE grade, but also to show their independent engagement with the text outside of their studies.
Thank you to all staff and students who were involved, helping to make the day a huge success. We look forward to inviting The Globe Players back in the future!