English Literature / Drama GCSE: Macbeth - Act 2, Scene 2 - The king is dead (workshop)

The actors and director explore the Macbeths’ very different responses to Duncan’s murder.

They experiment with ways of playing the escalating conflict between the two characters.

This short film is from the BBC series, Shakespeare Unlocked.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used in the study of different approaches to acting out a conflict scene.

As they watch, your students could take notes on important points they could use in their own acting projects, such as experimenting with different levels of anger and affection, body language, distance between actors, tones of voice and other factors they can identify.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching GCSE English literature and drama in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/ 5 in Scotland.

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