Macbeth – behind the scenes
After their exceptional performance of Macbeth, Year 6 pupils shared their views and feelings on the production.
“When we first started writing about Macbeth, it seemed exciting but I wasn’t so sure about it. It changed me. The rehearsals, and the play, Shakespeare was all I wanted to think about.
At the start of the week, we were all so excited to find out which parts we would be playing, and we were all constantly begging Miss Cox for Drama: it was Drama this Drama that. In the end we all found out what we would be playing. I was a witch. At first, I didn’t seem as excited as I could be, but soon enough I was jumping up and down with a big smile on my face ready to go on stage.
When the rehearsals started (four days a week partly because of the begging) we were all ready, and on the edge of our seats, prepared to learn who goes where, who says what, who does this, who does that, and by the end of the half-term holidays we all (well, nearly all) knew our lines. We rehearsed, and rehearsed, and rehearsed, until we were all ready.
We all contributed with props, costumes, and line learning, we were amazing at working as a team, and that is one of the things I loved most.
When we were about to go on stage, we could barely breathe, but as soon as the lights turned off, the magic began, as everyone had their moment. Time flew by until the bows, and that was that, we had just performed what we had been working on for a long time, and we performed it with very single bit of happiness we had in us.”
– Phoebe G
“I enjoyed the Shakespeare play while it lasted it was very fun being able to act because acting is my home! I love it so much and all the costumes and a tiny bit of well BRIGHT RED LIPSTICK which obviously we wore with a tiny bit of carefulness and we definitely only put on a tiny bit (well maybe a lot) of lipstick but it wasn’t just me it was most of the girls but I really enjoy being able to dress up and be someone else for the day.
Rehearsals were so fun as well there were a few mistakes here and there but they were really fun any way and I kind of felt like the Year Sixes bonded because we all knew what people were feeling when they made mistakes because we had just made the same on in the scene before and we all had to lend each other things. Plus we all had to squidge up together (which wasn’t the best part of the play because we all got very hot and I mean VERY HOT like bright red which wasn’t the most incredible thing for nerves).”
– Ginevra D