What I really enjoyed about the English Curriculum Enrichment Day was the play that Mr Brownlie produced in the hall. It was really fun to watch all the pupils in other forms do the play with the help of the teachers.They put on an amazing play by Shakespeare.The play is called ‘Macbeth’.The characters in this brilliant play were Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo and his son, Macduff, Lady Macduff a messenger and three witches.There were also some soldiers, guards, murderers and King Duncan and his two sons.The play was really good because the teachers encouraged the pupils to do their best and not to be shy.
They even had boys producing sound effects and music on one side of the room and a stage manager organising props on the other side.The three witches were very good because they really got into character and they weren’t shy.They did their best because they had to work hard to be convincing witches. I really have enjoyed the English Curriculum Enrichment Day!
The Macbeth play was enjoyable in many, many ways. It was interactive, funny and full of suspense. Around 35 students were chosen to perform the paly and I think that this contributed to it being enjoyable. I think it made it more exciting to watch because it was funny seeing students in a boys’ school pretend to be female but this is what would have happened when Shakespeare wrote the play so it was quite realistic. It made us laugh to see our friends play female roles though.
I really enjoyed the play because the actors did not actually have a play script to look at.This meant they were able to sort of change the play a tiny bit although it still had the same key points. By adding bits the actors could make the audience laugh.
I also think that the play was good because it was not done by professionals.When I say this I don’t mean to say it wasn’t good, but I do mean to say that it was a bit unpredictable. Now, I knew we were going to see the play, but I thought that we would have visitors performing the play and that would mean us knowing exactly what would happen and yes, it would still be fun to watch the whole thing, but it was even more exciting performed by students.
Year 7’s CED was based around the play ‘Macbeth’.While the play is about villainy and scary prophecies, the day was extremely fun and we have learnt more about Macbeth and Elizabethan England.The whole day has been fantastic but the highlight has to be the Macbeth play performed by members of the year group.We learnt about the story of Macbeth while telling the story ourselves – I was stage manager.
It started with the witches telling Macbeth that he shall be King and while the performers were a bit shy at first, they soon got the hang of it. Everybody laughed at the performances because it was friends performing which was unusual.When my turn came to hand Macbeth the dagger I couldn’t wait to see Macbeth murder the King!
‘The King is dead!’ shouted Macbeth, and I hung a red cross on the wall to signify Macbeth’s first murder of the play. As the climax of the play approached, I had hung over five red crosses on the wall. In the finale Macbeth was finally killed.
This has been an extremely enjoyable day and now I can’t wait to make my Macbeth Top Trumps cards.
During the year 7 CED year 7 witnessed a fabulous day with many different and unique activities including a stunning performance by Mr Brownlie and Mr Jordan.
The performance was the play,‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, it was tense all the way through. It started off with Macbeth and Banquo coming back from the heat of battle, and meeting with the three witches, who made prophecies.The witches name him Thane of Cawdor and minutes later a messenger hails him ‘Thane of Cawdor’.
Macbeth then writes to his beloved Lady Macbeth explaining the events that have just befallen him.
Returning home, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth plan to speed the prophecies up by killing the King so that Macbeth will be King sooner.They place sleeping powder in the drinks given to the guards and then stab King Duncan and frame the guards.
The play ends with Macbeth being slain and Malcolm becoming King of Scotland.
The rest of the day was a thrilling experience. I personally enjoyed it and I know the rest of my Form did too.
Today, so far, it has been really fun and I have enjoyed 110% of it. First of all, my favourite activity: we had to create a leaflet about crime and punishment in Elizabethan England using information we were given. It was really interesting to hear the sort of things that would happen to someone if they committed a crime. Also, I
enjoyed the performance in the hall. It was amusing to see some of my friends up on stage – especially the one dressed as Lady Macbeth!
We also had to think of disgusting words for a spell like the witches’ spell in Macbeth. I found that very fun but also quite challenging because we had to put them together in sentences and create a chant – at some points it was quite revolting!
I can’t wait to make my Top Trumps cards based on the characters from Macbeth and then we will have a go at playing Top Trumps with another Form using the cards we have made.