This lesson will focus on The Plot including an active workshop looking at creating the play in 20 minutes; a written exercise creating timelines for characters; the Rise and Fall of Macbeth; and looking at staging the opening of the play.

A man in armour looks up to the heavens.
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The following exercises support students on their understanding of the plot of the play. Each exercise looks at the story and prologue in different ways, and pulls out the language, and character journeys throughout. 

Further exercises on story to be used with your students in class and at home can be found on the Shakespeare Learning Zone including: a simple overview of the storya timeline of the play and detailed scene-by-scene descriptions.

The following exercises could take up to 90 minutes to deliver. 

Once students have fully begun to understand the plot you can then move on to look at Lesson Two and start to look at the character journeys. 

  • ACTIVITY 1: Macbeth in Five Acts

  • ACTIVITY 2: Creating a Timeline

  • ACTIVITY 3: Approaches to Character: Macbeth

  • ACTIVITY 4: Approaches to staging: Act 1 Scene 3 – The witches meet Macbeth and Banquo

Watch this short film summarising the plot of Macbeth from the 2018 production, directed by Polly Findlay.

Remember as part of your package you get to book your online workshop just email to book in your slot. 


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