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Live Macbeth broadcast brings Shakespeare to life for students

Published on 03/05/18

Students at Orchard School Bristol had the amazing opportunity to see Macbeth brought to life this term, with a live broadcast from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Years 10 and 11 have been studying the tragedy as part of their English Literature GCSE.

The live theatre performance, projected onto the screen in the assembly hall, was broken up into three parts with discussions around the plot at the start of each section.

After the performance, students were then given the opportunity to submit questions to cast members and the creative team as part of a live Q&A.

Known for the lines ‘Double, double, toil and trouble’ and ‘fair is foul, and foul is fair’, Macbeth is about one man’s lust for power, and the dreadful deeds that he commits to achieve his ambition.

Orchard School was one of many schools from across the county to watch the live performance, broadcast from Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Jennifer Marsh, OSB Head of English, said: “It was an amazing opportunity for our students to experience live theatre, and see Macbeth being brought to life with such high quality acting from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

“The discussions and analysis around the plot were also really useful and a great opportunity for some revision ahead of their exams."

Year 10, Mallory Williams, said: “I thought the performance was interesting - I liked how they put a modern twist on the play and changed some of the characters, for example, how the witches were represented as children. I thought Macbeth's character was played really well.

“The use of modern language and the discussions about Macbeth were helpful as it allowed us all to gain a better understanding of the play ahead of our exams in a few weeks."