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Bell Shakespeare incursion at Clarendon

Posted September 3, 2013.

Bell Shakespeare incursion at Clarendon

On Tuesday the 26th of August, the year 10 students gathered in the Senior School Lecture Theatre to watch Bell Shakespeare’s performance of Macbeth. The group of actors: Janine; Jenna; Ray and Griffin, delivered a captivating performance that was both enjoyable and educational for all students.

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The group began by introducing themselves and providing us with some background information about the play, as we are leading into our study of the text, we found it helpful knowing what it was all about. They then went straight into the first scene which is about the three ‘weird sisters’. The actors portrayed the sisters as supernatural beings, with knowledge of the future and a keen thirst for disrupting others. One of the sisters, who was a male actor, acted as a dog, emphasising how strange the trio truly is.

Throughout the play, the actors would stop to talk through the previous scene-usually opening with a question about a character’s thoughts or behaviour and their motives. They seemed to stand up for the characters they played, most often Ray and Janine defending Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. This gave us a clear insight into the reasons behind their actions as well as a different perspectives for us to consider as audience members. This also engaged us more with the play and made it seem less complex than the story actually is.

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During an explanation of the earlier scene, the group shared with us an important factor in understanding Macbeth. This was that different directors, and different actors, interpret the play and its characters in different ways, so there are varied versions of it. This, along with plenty of other information, will help us understandMacbeth so we can contribute more ideas and perspectives in class. The performance was extremely rewarding and we would like to thank the English teachers, Mr Bobilak especially, for giving us such a worthwhile opportunity for our upcoming studies.

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Lucy Joyce, Alexandra Cole, Charles Martin and Reuel Wallace