Shakespeare for GCSE: Mastering Macbeth

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Key information:

Course dates:
Sat 28 October – Sun 29 October 2023
Course times:
9am-3.30pm and 10am–4.30pm
14-17 (years 10 and 11)
Art form:
Drama | Other Art Forms
5pm, Tuesday 24 October 2023
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools, Workshops & Saturday Centres (ages 4-18)
Mode of study:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
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Course info

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  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Tuesday 24 October 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity

Ages 14-17 (years 10 and 11)*

*students currently taking GCSE English

Course Dates & Times

Saturday 28 October 2023, 9am-3.30pm and Sunday 29 October 2023, 10am-4.30pm

About Shakespeare for GCSE: Mastering Macbeth

This two-day course will take you through the core speeches in Macbeth, in an intensive revision session brought to life by professional actors. Shakespeare never intended for his plays to be read, so they can be a real challenge to learn if you only encounter them on a page. This course will use performance to bring to life the magic of Shakespeare's Macbeth and help you to revise for your GCSE course in a way that is fun and easy to understand.

Who is the course for?

GCSE students taking GCSE English and studying Macbeth.

What can I expect?

This course will involve a mixture of presentations by the course tutor, group discussions, interactive exercises and live performance of key speeches. You will be able to use these performances to analyse key themes and literary devices. The course content takes into account the assessment objectives for the GCSE English Literature specification, such as read, understand and respond to texts, analyse language, form and structure and show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

You can expect to:

  • Gain an understanding of the key speeches within the play
  • Examine literary devices in performance
  • Explore the historical and social context of Macbeth
Do I need anything for the course?
  • A copy of Macbeth
  • Note taking materials

Course Fee

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Fully-funded places are available to GCSE students in London-based state schools, who receive Free School Meals or Pupil Premium, or who live in a household that receives Universal Credit. Please apply using this form

  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Tuesday 24 October 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity


About the Course Tutor

This course is taught by Lucinda Dawkins.

Lucie is a creative associate with Cheek by Jowl, Co-Lead of SCRUM Theatre, and has taught Shakespeare short courses at Guildhall School and Barbican. Lucie trained as a director at the Yale School of Drama.  She hosts Not True, But Useful…, Cheek by Jowl’s podcast, and is working with Declan Donnellan on his new book on performing Shakespeare.

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