Tick tock. A detention room in a school not dissimilar to yours. Hamlet wouldn’t stop answering back and Macbeth couldn’t stop picking fights. With 50 minutes on the clock and nowhere to run, this terrible twosome question each other’s motives while contemplating the consequences of their own actions through their detention punishment essay – Analyse what brought you here and why it was wrong.
By presenting Hamlet and Macbeth as students, young people see the characters as their peers. Because of this, they instantly connect with the themes, decisions, reasons and consequences on a deeper and more enjoyable level.
It explores the characters of Macbeth and Hamlet in a concise and refreshingly different way while helping students really get inside their heads. A great jumping off point for assessment possibilities – including filling gaps and silences.
QLD | Terms 1 – 4 NSW | Terms 2 – 3 TAS | Term 2
→ 11 – 12
Shakespeare’s Tragedies, Relevance, Re-contextualising
QLD | English Prescribed Text: External Assessment; Play Study
NSW | English Extension Elective 4: Literary Mindscapes
→ Shakespeare, Multimodal Theatre, Re-contextualising, Ensemble, Contemporary Performance, Inherited text
→ Hamlet & Macbeth