Following last year’s hugely successful and enjoyable collaboration with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Jo is really excited to be starting work this term with their Manchester Hub.

William Gray/Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Six schools will be given the opportunity for one class to take part in a half-day workshop exploring the story of Macbeth. Jo’s workshops see the children themselves, through a series of carefully structured drama activities, telling the story of the play. So, one of the most exciting outcomes is that every class will have their own unique take on this brilliant, tragic tale. And, there are frequently insights from pupils that Jo, with all her knowledge of the play, has never considered before.

“One of my favourite parts of the workshops is when pupils are asked to imagine the weird sisters. I have seen so many productions of this play – all with their own versions of the witches, but still the kids come up with new ideas! Like seeing the sisters using Snapchat to communicate, with their messages flashing up on a big screen – fantastic! It would need a bit of honing to work in the hellbroth scene but what a great idea from a group of 11year olds! I can’t wait to see what ideas come out of the Manchester hub!”.

These workshops are available all year round and can accommodate children from Reception – Year 13.

See our Shakespeare page for more details. 

Find out more about the work of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust here