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Reinvented for children aged 9 to 13, Macbeth – Blood Will Have Blood is an accessible and unforgettable introduction to Shakespeare’s shocking story of ambition, greed and the abuse of power.

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About the show

Contender Charlie, China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre Present 

Macbeth – Blood Will Have Blood 

A macabre porter invites us into Macbeth’s castle, taking us right into the dark heart of Shakespeare’s play. Razor sharp storytelling, eerie projections and a heart-stopping soundtrack take us on an immersive, break-neck journey through the blood-soaked world of Macbeth. 

Reinvented for young audiences, Macbeth – Blood Will Have Blood is an accessible and unforgettable introduction to Shakespeare’s shocking story of ambition, greed and the abuse of power. 

Following a hugely successful tour in spring 2013, Contender Charlie, China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre once again join forces to present this unforgettable reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth for children aged 9 to 13.

This production has now toured to sell-out audiences across the UK in 2013 and 2014 (to over 10,000 young people).

‘I have rarely witnessed such brilliance of design, delivery and direction. My advice for those considering bringing their children to see this groundbreaking production is: kill to get a ticket.’

Roy Leighton, educator and author of Success in the Creative Classroom

Most suited for ages 9+

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Education, Workshops and Online Resources

Education Programme

We offer schools attending Macbeth – Blood Will Have Blood an education package alongside the performance, including a ‘mythodrama’ workshop and interactive online resources. The education programme has been created by Contender Charlie, who use the power of storytelling and mythology to enhance and inspire the creative learning of young people as well as their teachers and school leaders. Integrated with the performance, the workshop and classroom resources aim to support young people in the exploration of their emotional development and creative potential. 

Workshop

Facilitated by the Porter, the workshop is an opportunity for the students to meet and talk with the characters in Macbeth, giving them an opportunity to question each characters’ motivations within the play. The workshop will explore the development of emotional intelligence and responsible, contributive citizenship – aligned to the ‘Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning’ (SEAL) elements of the curriculum.

Online Resources

Online resources will be made available to all participating teachers, which aim to give practical activities to extend the theatre experience and support on-going learning opportunities in the classroom. Designed to be used on classroom whiteboards, these interactive resources will give a comprehensive and accessible range of cross-curricular activities to be used with full classes following the theatre visit. 

Creative team

Writer

NICK WALKER

Directors

PAUL WARWICK AND BEN WALDEN

Designer

FIAMMETTA HORVAT

Sound Designer

ELENA PEÑA

Lighting Designer

ARNIM FRIESS

Production Manager

GREG AKEHURST

Technical Manager

CHRIS WHITWOOD

Stage Manager

ANGE THOMPSON

Fight Director

RICHARD HAY

Producer

CHINA PLATE

2014 Cast

The Porter

RICHARD KIDD 

Macbeth

JACK BANNELL 

Macduff

TOBY W DAVIES 

Lady Macbeth

ESTHER MCAULEY 

Banquo

JACK PARRY-JONES 

Malcolm and Duncan

JONATHAN MULQUIN 

The Witches Voices

SARAH BELCHER, GIULIA INNOCENTI, AMANDA LAWRENCE

 

2013 Cast

The Porter

BEN WALDON

Macbeth

JOHN MCKEEVER 

Macduff

BEN SEWELL 

Lady Macbeth

NICOLA SIAN

Banquo

OLIVER TILNEY 

Malcolm and Duncan

NICK UNDERWOOD 

The Witches Voices

SARAH BELCHER, GIULIA INNOCENTI, AMANDA LAWRENCE