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Students impress in Macbeth performance

By Jamie Brassington | Wolverhampton | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

Budding actors put on a show for parents and teachers when they performed Shakespeare's Macbeth with a modern twist.

Macbeth production at St Edmund's Catholic Academy

Pupils at St Edmund's Catholic Academy, Wolverhampton, performed the 400-year-old play at their school theatre.

The production was made up of 33 students, aged from 11 to 18, whose roles varied from back stage helpers to performing on the actual stage.

Jak Garrity, the school's drama teacher, said: "The production went fantastic. We had around 180 people watching in our theatre from parents to teachers and school governors.

"It all went very smoothly and the students should be proud of themselves."

Macbeth dramatizes the damaging effects of political ambition. The play by William Shakespeare was first thought to have been performed in 1606.

The school gave the production a modern slant as it was set in an office environment.

"Our production was set in the modern day and focused on a manager at an office's company," said Jak.

"This was so, for those watching who couldn't follow the language, they could at least follow the visuals of the production."

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Jak lead the production of the play and had a lot of help from sixth form student Jessica Bradley, 16.

"We co-directed the play together, she did so much of this, she was fantastic," said Jak.

Rehearsals began in October and students stayed behind after school to practice their lines and roles.

Year 9 students also watched the show to revise for their English GCSE exams which focus on Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Jak added: "I am proud of the students. It has been great, they worked fantastic. There was a range of students of different ages and they worked altogether fantastically."

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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