New Workshop: ‘Macbeth’

Macbeth front small text“Shakespeare reloaded: Macbeth” is a journey for students and others who are studying Shakespeare in English. The workshop starts with a look at why Shakespeare wrote ‘Macbeth’ (Hint: It pays to write what your sponsor wants to hear) why the witches were so very important to the audience and the king, and ask “Where did the rest of the play go?” After this we go through the play, focussing on the important scenes and discovering hidden meanings (and comedy) in the text.

If the school wishes to go further, this can lead to hands-on workshops with writing assignments and role play in English and German. The goal of the workshop is a safe, fun, non-embarrassing session to help students gain a deep understanding of the story in both languages.

The original design of the picture featured a  dagger shape in the ‘blood’ but this looked too nice and controlled so I changed it to the ‘splatter’. Not overdoing this effect was possibly the hardest part: there’s a lot of blood & violence in ‘Macbeth’, but not that much…

More news on ‘steam and pirates, the industrial revolution evening, next week…

Offline, Online…

Gremlins attacked the server this week and I’ve been unable to log on until today: my usual tactic with computers of ignoring the problem until it went away worked out in the end. This is fortunate as I didn’t have a plan ‘B’.

My inability to understand/repair/operate computers is one reason I tell stories live rather then with videos.

‘Steam and Pirates’, the industrial revolution evening, is taking shape, and because I don’t have enough ideas at the moment, I’m developing the next project: “Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ in 45 minutes”. Some German schools have a play by Shakespeare in their English courses, which is remarkable as British school students find it hard enough and it is (almost) our first language.

Several local people were kind enough to say they would talk to their teachers about inviting me if I prepared a workshop so I’ve been doing background research this week.

Amongst other things, I’ve found that in Shakespeare’s time Propaganda was as common as it is now, the play as we know it is missing several pages, and as usual, the true stories from the time of the play are almost as incredible as the play itself.

More details to follow, and possibly pictures…