Passmores’ students perform in Macbeth

Education: Secondary / Wed 21st Mar 2018 at 09:10am

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Passmores’ students perform in Macbeth

PASSMORES students took to the stage to deliver their own production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Macbeth. This eminent play about ambition, power and supernatural shenanigans is an integral part of the new English Literature GCSE curriculum which focuses on literary classics by British writers.

The undertaking was not only a first for the school, but was also the directorial debut of Passmores English teacher Michaela Midwinter, who was ably supported by the English Department. With a cast of students from Years 9, 10 and 11, they admirably rose to the challenge of learning the four-hundred-year-old script in its original form. Six months of rehearsals culminated in four gripping performances which were presented to over six-hundred Passmores students, as well as to parents, staff, governors and friends of the school who attended an evening show.

Passmores Principal, Vic Goddard said: ‘We have previously invited theatre companies in to school to put on the plays and bring them to life, but they have never quite been what we needed. In light of that, I mentioned to our wonderful English department that maybe we could do the plays ourselves, and to my delight they agreed. I was astounded at the ability of our cast to learn so much complicated language and to perform the whole play with such professionalism. I know that when it comes to them studying it for their examinations it will be a massive benefit.’

Admitting Macbeth is a difficult play to approach, Miss Midwinter added: ‘All the hard work was worth it. I felt total pride for the students when they went out there and did it. As a director you are only ever as good as your cast and I was so proud of every single one of them’.

Following the success of Macbeth, the school will tackle another classic text from the GCSE syllabus, ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, next year.

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