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Acting masterclass shines a light on Shakespeare’s darkest play

Published on 26/04/18

Hethersett Academy’s GCSE English students have gained a deeper understanding of one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, with hands-on help from professional theatre actors.

Box Clever Theatre visited the school for a special performance of Macbeth on Wednesday, April 26 – two days after the Bard’s 454th birthday.

The travelling theatre company performed an adaptation of the Scottish play including the most famous speeches by the tragic hero Macbeth, his ambitious wife Lady Macbeth, and the malevolent witches who prophesy his rise to the throne and eventual downfall.

The Year 10 students then took to the stage for a drama masterclass led by the theatre troupe, helping them to understand some of the play's key scenes, and including some stage combat.

Hethersett’s second in English Daniel Blackburn said: “The students really engaged with the performance and workshop.

“They have been studying Macbeth since the start of the year and got a lot out of seeing it performed live.”