Posted on: February 1st 2017

TBCC enjoys a visit from Shakespeare

Perhaps one of the most memorable parts of a child’s education are the long English lessons spent studying the work of William Shakespeare, possibly the most iconic and influential writer in history. Whilst reading and interpreting the language and meaning of Shakespeare’s sonnets is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant parts of any school day, Thomas Bennett Community College had the idea that perhaps there was another way to educate students about some of the Bard’s famous works.

On January 19th, The Young Shakespeare Company treated Thomas Bennett students to 2 performances of Macbeth, one of the plays that forms part of the English Literature GCSE. The one hour forty minute performances weren’t just for a lucky few, each and every Year 11 studying the play was invited to attend, and audience participation played a huge role in engaging the students and helping them understand the passion and themes behind the characters.

The performances were met with thunderous approval by students and staff alike, with Assistant Headteacher Gemma Buchanan saying that

"The theatre company were fantastic at making Macbeth accessible to our Year 11 students, they performed several key scenes in an original and memorable way and their energy and enthusiasm was infectious. It was a really beneficial and enjoyable day for everyone".