Words: Nathan Fayard - Pictures: Will Weir

Southwark children stage Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe

Earlier this month local schoolchildren were given the chance to perform on the stage of Shakespeare's Globe. The children performed the tragedy Macbeth for a large crowd of family and friends.


Each of the classes who participated had around three scenes to present, and because of the relatively large size of the classes and the limited number of roles, each group had to come up with unique ways to tell their part of the story.

While some classes portrayed their characters one at a time, many of them grouped to form one character, speaking the lines in turn or in unison. All of the students participating did marvellously, presenting their scenes in a surprisingly professional manner.

Despite the wonderful quality of their performance it was obvious that the children were really enjoying themselves, and each class took extra care to make sure that all of their students were included in their efforts.


It is worth pointing out that there was one spectacular young actor, who played Macbeth in his final scene. This young boy stood half as high as his classmates, but roared his lines with such energy that he put Simon Russell Beale, star of the Macbeth production currently running in the West End, to shame!

Globe Education, which arranged this event, attempts to introduce children to the great works by engaging them in unique ways, and this was certainly a unique opportunity for these local children.

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