The Year 9 boys travelled to York on Monday to visit a pop-up theatre to watch a production of Macbeth.
The temporary theatre was inspired by the London Rose Playhouse built in 1587 (12 years prior to The Globe). The theatre is a combination of state-of-the art scaffolding technology, corrugated iron and timber with the historic 13-sided design of a 16th century Shakespearean theatre.
This distinctive environment of Shakespeare’s Rose Playhouse connected the actors and audience together in ways that the boys will possibly never have experienced before. The production was a truly unique experience and one all of the boys took something from. The most memorable moments were the weird sisters cackling and chanting on stage wearing strange masks and creating the supernatural element to the play; the very funny and well played ‘drunk’ porter offering a little light interlude for the audience after the death of King Duncan and finally, as a key character, Lady Macbeth’s performance was one to remember.
We do hope the experience will make the boys’ revision of Macbeth for their GCSE English Literature exam a little easier and more memorable.