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Four Young Shakespeare Company actors performed Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a story of ambition, guilt and revenge in a fast-moving fully-costumed interactive production. The play was vividly brought to life around and among the children, at times including the whole audience to create such dramatic scenes as the meeting between Macbeth and the witches, the royal banquet at which Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost and the battle in which Macbeth comes face to face with his greatest enemy Macduff.

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The Macbeth play was an excellent performance.
My favourite part was when MacDuff and Macbeth had a fight as Macbeth had killed MacDuff’s children. It was very detailed whilst taking a very short time. We had to say some things. I played Malcolm so I fought with MacDuff. Then when Macbeth died Malcolm (played by me) became King. Hooray!!!


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My favourite part of the workshop was when Macbeth and MacDuff were battling against each other. I thought Macbeth was going to win because the three witches said, “Macbeth shall not be harmed by woman born.” But when the lady explained it, it made sense. I was also excited at the end because the witches also said, “Beware MacDuff.”

(The actors explained it very well. I actually understood it!)


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Macbeth comes out, his hands and face splattered with blood. “The deed has been done,” he said in a hoarse whisper. “Now Macbeth will not sleep”. He dropped onto the stone courtyard sobbing.
“Why on earth did you bring those?” shouted Lady Macbeth.
“I was ashamed to put the daggers back with the guards”.

Macbeth’s blood splattered face looked up.
“Coward,” she hissed, “I’ll do it myself.” And Lady Macbeth did.


The children thoroughly enjoyed the day. It provided an excellent introduction to the works of Shakespeare.