Caistor students Box Clever with the Bard

Box Clever actors Maria Gray, Emma Butcher and Alan Magor with left Charlotte Lawn, Matthew Reed, Ellie Roberts, Robyn Whittle, Sean Cussans and front Jade Davy and Frank Neare.  (Lin)
Box Clever actors Maria Gray, Emma Butcher and Alan Magor with left Charlotte Lawn, Matthew Reed, Ellie Roberts, Robyn Whittle, Sean Cussans and front Jade Davy and Frank Neare. (Lin)

Understanding Shakespeare with scenes from Macbeth was the starting point for Box Clever Theatre Company’s visit to Caistor Yarborough Academy.

Years 7 and 8 were entertained by a general introduction to Shakespeare, his plots and the language, whereas year 9 students were able to benefit from a contemporary adaptation of Macbeth in preparation for their English course in year 10.

“This opportunity has given students the chance to experience Shakespeare ‘in the flesh,’ said acting leader of English Michelle Bower.

“It showed the Shakespearian language and stories as accessible to all ages.

“Students were able to take part in workshops and ask the actors questions such as how they approached learning lines and what influenced how they played a character.”

Statistics show one in eight young people in this country have never experienced live theatre and it is through the support of the Arts Council England National Touring Fund the students from Yarborough and other schools in Lincolnshire have been able to benefit from this innovative production, which will hopefully inspire a new generation of theatre goers.