Students' introduction to Shakespeare's 'thriller'
THEY may think it bad luck to mention the play's name, but a troupe of actors can't wait to tell pupils in the Swansea Valley all about one of Shakespeare's most famous works.
Pontardawe Arts Centre's Shake it up – Shakespeare Project, which aims to introduce the bard to thousands of schoolchildren, is set to debut next week with the Scottish play — whisper it quietly — Macbeth.
Workshops for schools will be held from Monday to Thursday where pupils will be given the opportunity to discuss and understand the process of producing a play, and will explore the themes, the characters and the plot.
The production's director, Derek Cobley, said: "Pontardawe Arts Centre and Neath Port Talbot are to be congratulated for providing so many young people (nearly 1,000) the opportunity to experience Shakespeare, not on the page, but on the stage.
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"As the project was planned, all the Neath Port Talbot secondary schools were consulted and we are grateful for the valuable input into shaping this project."
The ever-popular tragedy, that many have called Shakespeare's thriller, sees Daniel Hawksford cast as Macbeth and Alltwen's very own Michelle McTernan as Lady Macbeth.
They are joined by a host of established and emerging actors from across South Wales, including James Ashton, Lauralee Nicole, Chris Morgan, Lee Mengo and Tom Mumford.
Of the play, Daniel Hawksford said: "It is great to be part of such a fast-moving production, that is set in modern time which is full of intrigue, obsession, murder and passion and which I think schoolchildren will find relevant to today.
"It is visually exciting and the workshops help provide a more personal experience for the students and us as cast members."