Play in a Week: Bard's Great Tragedy

To mark National Shakespeare Week, Form 5 have been observing a long-established Eversfield tradition – the staging of a Shakespeare play in just one week!

This year’s performance of Macbeth comes as the culmination of just one week’s preparation: line-learning, blocking and intense rehearsal - as the children learn what it takes to get a play from script to stage.

The nation-wide event is a celebration of Shakespeare’s rich legacy and provides children with their first opportunity to engage with the bard’s wonderful language and fascinating characters. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays as it stares deep into the psychology of a soldier driven to commit terrible, murderous crimes. It treads a murky, often confusing, path through secrecy, betrayal and revenge. It is a mature piece that demands an awful lot from the children.

The pupils have been working with determination and purpose - learning their lines, thinking about the characters and blocking the scenes. A number of the characters are played by several different pupils so the children had to be extremely organised and professional in their approach; the teachers have been impressed with their efforts and with the final result, which showcases the wealth of acting talent we have in Form 5.

Well done to all the pupils involved and a huge thank-you to the parents for all their support with learning lines at home. Congratulations!


(Photos from rehearsal week. Please check back for the performance photos).