Emmaville Primary School

Year 5 visit York to see Macbeth

11th July 2018

The Year 5 children have been studying 'The Scottish Play' this term, using Shakespeare's tragedy as a basis for their own wonderful prose and poetry.  As an amazing finale to the unit, the Year 5 children were treated to a powerful production of Macbeth at the recently constructed Rose Theatre in York, Europe's first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre.  It was inspired by the famous London Rose Playhouse built in 1587, 12 years prior to the famous Globe, and allows the audience to be close to the action on the stage.  Despite the complex Elizabethan language, battle scenes and copious amounts of stage blood (or perhaps because of it!) the children thoroughly enjoyed the play.  They were all able to follow the story closely, recognised quite a few lines from the original text and could identify characters and plot twists, making particular references to their play-in-a-day experience earlier in the term.  It really was a great experience, and there was even time for a short run run-around in a play park before returning home.