On Tuesday afternoon The Young Shakespeare company came and performed ‘Macbeth’ at Holme Grange. They began with a workshop where they demonstrated different techniques they used such as performing the same scene using different emotions; different interpretations of the three witches and the boys favourite – stage fighting.
At the beginning there was a workshop,
where they demonstrated the different ways you could present the same scene and Lady Macbeth presented a variety of emotional responses to Macbeth at the audience’s request – which was brilliant. It also enabled the audience to get to know the actors and the different techniques they used to portray their characters.
The actual performance was very loud and dramatic with some excellent performances particularly from Lady Macbeth played by Louise Torres-Ryan and Macbeth played by Harry Anton. The director, Paul Gladwin’s interpretation of the witches as Zombies added a whole new dimension of weirdness and kept the children riveted when on stage. Alex Stephanou stepped into the role of Fleance with only 10 mins notice and others joined in the banquet scene as ‘extras’.Overall it really helped everyone to picture the supernatural element, drama, blood and gore of Shakespeare.
Afterwards the children were able to ask questions of the actors regarding their performance and how it was to be part of the play and to act out Shakespeare. Overall it was an excellent afternoon which year 7 and 8 will be commenting on later.