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Macbeth workshop thrills Year 6 pupils

Year 6 pupils taking part in a Macbeth workshop

Year 6 children enjoyed a Macbeth workshop with Rik Brown, the Junior School’s visiting LAMDA teacher.

The pupils discussed and explored the main themes running through the play, putting themselves in Macbeth’s shoes in order to realise he was more relatable than they had first imagined.

After producing a 10-point plot summary, the children were then tasked with working together to create and perform their very own ‘One Minute Macbeths’.

Children rose to the challenge with aplomb – including all the main events in their short, yet thoroughly entertaining, plays!

Following this, the pupils unpicked the witches and banquet scenes – acting, pausing and reflecting to actively explore the text.

Rik rounded off the workshop by reminding the girls and boys that Shakespeare was never intended to be studied, but to be performed – and the pupils certainly had a chance to experience Macbeth as it was intended!

A fantastic morning was had by all!

As well as teaching at SGJS, Rik has a lot to look forward to with taking part in plays in London (‘The Government Inspector’ and ‘Rush’), screenwriting a three-part BBC series and he also has a play coming out at the Sheffield Crucible in November, ’10 Grand’!