Mini Macbeth: a one-day school experience

The Mini Macbeth - one day school experience is designed to support the UK touring production of S4K's Macbeth.

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- Up to 80 children can be involved

- Ideal for junior and primary schools to enhance their theatre visit.

A one-day workshop/performance.
Two workshop leaders will visit your school and, supported by pre-written script and with some props and costumes, use workshop style lessons in morning and afternoon sessions to format a performance which will then be presented to other pupils and parents at the end of the school day. With assistance from your own teaching staff (eg music) during the course of the day.

Brief but crucial scenes from Macbeth, "culled" from our Put on a Play Pack, along with a song from the show S4K's Macbeth and linked by a newly-written narration to produce a 30-40 minute playlet.

The whole school can become involved in the Mini Macbeth Day. Art classes can be used to create/source props and costumes; music lessons can be used to help learn and rehearse the song, English/Drama lessons can talk through the characters in the play - even Geography and History lessons can be used to find the locations of the story and to learn about the real King Macbeth on whom Shakespeare's play is (very) loosely based.

Please contact for ideas on costumes and props which can be made.

Your school will receive a special Certificate of Participation.

Mini-Macbeth - School Day Plan
9.30am - 10.30am - Group 1 (40 children) rehearse (Act 1)
10.45am - 11.45am - Group 2 (40 children) rehearse (Act 2) 

1.15pm - 2.00pm - Group 1 rehearse (Act 1)
2.00pm - 2.45pm - Group 2 rehearse (Act 2)

2.45pm - 3.15pm - Both groups to learn song (80 children)

3.30pm - Performance for school and parents

All timings are approximate and depend on the timetabling of the school day. One teacher is needed to be with the workshop leaders throughout the day to oversee the performance. Class teachers may come and go as they would in a normal workshop situation.

Costumes will not be provided by S4K. All children are to wear black; any capes/sashes from the S4K workshop kits can be used in the 3.30 performance but it is up to individual schools to provide costumes for any additional evening show that may be planned.

The cost  of the Mini-Macbeth One Day School Experience is £750. This will include a CD of the song to be performed. Please call Rose Blackley in the Oxted Production Office to find out more.


* Your pupils will learn the story of a great play and be able to dress up and play the famous parts. They will also learn one of the songs from S4K’s full length stage musical.

* S4K provides some props and costumes but there is lots of opportunity for the children to get creatively involved across the curriculum before Mini Macbeth Day by thinking of ways to add to the scenic background, provide props and other items of costume etc.

* S4K leaders will be able to tailor the rehearsal period to suit the capabilities of all the participating children.

* Family and friends can enjoy the show at the end of the school day. You could cover some of your costs by charging for tickets and cast sheets, holding a raffle or selling drinks and sweets.

* It is a marvellous opportunity to get publicity for your school by inviting the local papers to take photographs. Afterwards your pupils can write about their day and we at S4K would be    delighted to hear what they thought about it. We will put their best letters or drawings on our website


Mini Macbeth is a mega hit! Shakespeare 4 Kidz trialled the new project of a one-day Macbeth school experience at Wray Common Primary in Reigate and everyone agreed it had been a huge success.

In fact it was standing room only for the performance as more than 100 family and friends flocked into the hall to watch.

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Everyone loves the S4K Mini Macbeth one day school experience.

Here are some of the teachers’ comments.

“Absolutely fantastic. Really good rapport with the children; lots of ideas, exciting. The children really loved it and really positive comments from parents.”

“Excellent with the children…very well prepared…very accommodating when timings had to be slightly changed. Exciting and interesting content. Wonderfully presented.”

All said they would DEFINITELY book further S4K workshops.



What they say about us:

S4K ROMEO: "To my mind, the most important thing that Shakespeare 4 Kidz does with this production is to get children into the theatre to see Shakespeare." What's On Stage