WIT to host Macbeth workshops for Leaving Certs

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) will hold a workshop on Macbeth for Leaving Cert students on Tuesday 12 March in the Tourism and Leisure Building on the main campus.

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) will hold a workshop on Macbeth for Leaving Cert students on Tuesday 12 March in the Tourism and Leisure Building on the main campus.

The evening of lectures, performances and workshops on Macbeth, the Shakespeare play on this year’s examination, is designed by the English faculty at WIT to help students prepare for the Leaving Cert English exam. Students will receive short lectures on aspects of the play from lecturers in the English faculty; there will be a performance of some key speeches; and students will also be invited to participate in brief workshops on key scenes in the play. English staff will make available their notes to students and there will be a question and answer session to wrap up the evening. Teachers and parents are also very welcome to attend.

“We hope through this workshop to help Leaving Certificate students bring a fresh perspective to the play,” says Dr Richard Hayes, head of Humanities at WIT.

“The performance of some key speeches will definitely bring the play alive for people and our expert staff will give students all sorts of interesting approaches to thinking about Shakespeare’s work. It will be an informal evening and we hope also to remind people that Shakespeare is fun and relevant to today.”

A similar event on Hamlet proved very popular with students last year so students, teachers, parents and groups are asked to indicate an expression of interest by emailing the faculty at humanities@wit.ie.

For more information on the event, including directions, see the WIT website, www.wit.ie/macbeth.