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Macbeth, The Movie Star...and Me

Synopsis
Documentary. Actor David Harewood has five days to turn a group of teenagers from his old school, Washwood Heath Technology College, Birmingham into Shakespearean performers capable of appearing on the stage at the Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon. Act II, sc ii from Macbeth is chosen. The five days include casting, rehearsals, and a day in London where they attend an acting workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a session with voice coach Patsy Rodenburg and meet Lenny Henry at the National Theatre on the set of The Comedy of Errors. The programme includes very few few scenes of the children speaking and acting Shakespeare, is formulaic in structure, and tells the audience more about David Harewood than about performing and speaking Shakespeare.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
22 Jun 2012 at 23:50 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Director
Neil Leighton
Producer
Neil Leighton
Contributor
David Harewood; Lenny Henry; Patsy Rodenburg

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
children; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Untrained actors; School productions

Notes

History
The programme was first transmitted on BBC West Midlands 22 April 2012 at 22.25.

Production Company

Name

BBC Productions

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
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Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
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Phone
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Fax
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Address
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