On Monday 27 February, the Academy welcomed The Fred Theatre Company, who performed Macbeth for our Year 10 and 11 students.
To tell you more about the day is Year 11 student, Bayleigh Luke:
“On Monday the Year 10 and 11 students had the fantastic opportunity to experience the interpretation of Macbeth performed by The Fred Theatre Company in our own Academy hall. The play lasted approximately 90 minutes and during this time, ‘Macbeth’ was brought to life. The 6-man show intrigued and engaged the students to understand the Shakespearean play in great depth and this also allowed them to recognise different interpretations of the characters themselves, which will help us in our final GCSE English Literature exam. Once the play had finished, students had time to ask any questions to the Fred Theatre team which they answered in great detail developing our knowledge even further.
It’s significant to have events like this so we are able to enjoy ourselves whilst learning and this is a prime example of that. In English Literature we are expected to be able to interpret any text we study in many different ways and seeing other people’s interpretations first hand helps with this. Seeing a visual representation of the play rather than just reading it also helps us to really understand the play in ways we may not have before.
After the half term break, I think this play was a pleasant way to ease us back into Academy life and show that there are different ways of learning other than just reading and writing. Even without costumes, they brought to life the classic play of ‘Macbeth’ through their excellent acting and I know the students of Year 10 and 11 feel privileged to have been able to experience their fantastic performance and workshop.
The Fred Theatre Company came from Birmingham so I would like to thank them for coming to our Academy to perform for us. They also modernized the play so it was easier to relate to and understand. The effort and pride that went into the making of this play was incredible, it has been extremely well thought out. From the workshop, I could clearly see all the members of the theatre had great pride in what they had done. Everyone was equal in the group – from the director to the actors. Key quotes were obviously shown in the play which is a key part of revision as the Summer GCSE will be a closed book exam, so it’s vital we are able to recall important quotes from the play and by hearing them in a theatre environment it helps to consolidate this knowledge. Not only was it a fantastic way to revise, but also a reminder that school isn’t strictly about exams and learning – but also about spending time with peers and enjoying yourself, whilst still making the most of your education.”
A huge thank you to the English Department who arranged this incredible performance, The Fred Theatre Company and Bayleigh for her fantastic report on the day.