Back to the Bard by Annika K

In March 2018, Bedstone will be putting on its first Shakespeare play in many years. With the annual plays usually being musicals, Mr Downing and Ms Newman have been brave and opted for a change, choosing the infamous Macbeth.

With the cast members made up of students from the first form to the sixth form, so far this production has been full of fun. Our very own head girl will be starring as the corruptible Macbeth. Leah B is extremely talented and brings the role to life by adding her own style to his character. Lady Macbeth, deviant, cunning wife of Macbeth will be played by Annika K. Macbeth’s dearest friend Banquo will be portrayed by Caroline R. Caroline is usually full of life and laughing… very different to the murdered Banquo, but she is also very talented and we look forward to seeing her in his shoes. Alex J will play the beloved King Duncan, and I think we’re all looking forward to what Hugh O-B will bring to the table when playing a witch! The rest of the cast is equally as spectacular!

The best thing about doing something like this, is that everyone is getting involved and working together as a team to produce something we’re all proud of, But it’s not just all fun and games; Macbeth is an intense play, featuring some very shocking scenes which have been hard for some of the cast members to fully grasp. And not just the plot, but the old Shakespearian language is quite difficult. Imagine being required to know what, ‘stones have been known to move and trees speak. Augurs and understood relations have by maggot pies and coughs and rooks brought forth,’ means at the age of 11! However, the fact that they’re learning this at a pretty young age will very much help them in the future when battling GCSEs and A Levels.

For English Literature GCSE at Bedstone College, you’ll be required to study multiple texts, one of which is the Marchant of Venice, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth would have challenged the contemporary social hierarchy, as female would not usually be in a position of power. This theme reoccurs in A Level English. We are currently studying King Lear with Mr Downing, and I find myself finding parallels between the two tragedies. They both include some of Aristotle’s tragic conventions, and follow Seneca’s five act structure, but the most obvious similarity is that in both plays, the main characters tragically die.

It’s clear that Shakespeare plays an important role at Bedstone, and we’re excited to welcome you to our production of Macbeth on March 9 and 10.