English Literature / Drama GCSE: Macbeth - Act 5, Scene 1 - Unlocking the words (workshop)

RSC Head of Voice and Text, Lyn Darnley, helps Aislín McGuckin through a series of voice exercises.

She highlights what Lady Macbeth is seeing, hearing and smelling to explain her seemingly disconnected words.

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

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used to illustrate the importance of understanding a character in depth through the words of the text.

Divide the class into groups, each of which works together on a particular monologue from a character they are familiar with.

Each group should use the words to find repetitions and changing thoughts and emotions.

They could use some of the exercises shown, such as clapping or stamping to indicate where a theme is referred to, or changing direction or position to show a shift in what the character is feeling.

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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