6th year trip to ‘Macbeth’ – 23rd October 2018

6th years had the pleasure of a trip into Smock Alley Theatre to see ‘Macbeth’ on 23rd October. The performance was put on by the Gaiety School of Acting and was an enjoyable and education experience. The first thing to strike us, however, was an apparent return of the ‘curse’ of the Scottish play. Unfortunately, […]

Past Exam Questions on ‘Macbeth’ – Update

2014 ‘Macbeth’s relationships with other characters can be seen primarily as power struggles which prove crucial to the outcome of the play.’ Discuss the above statement in relation to at least two of Macbeth’s relationships with other characters. Support your answer with suitable reference to the play, ‘Macbeth’. or ‘Throughout the play, ‘Macbeth’, Shakespeare makes […]

Ian McKellen deconstructs Macbeth’s final soliloquy

This piece of video comes from a master-class given by Ian McKellan in the late 1970s. It is fascinating to watch and will be of particular interest to the 6th years who are putting in the hard work of revision of their single study text. McKellen is, as always, a joy to watch.

Another interesting ‘Macbeth’ website

As you continue your ‘Macbeth’ revision, here is another interesting website worth a look. It covers plot and character analysis, imagery, themes and so on. Make sure you keep good notes as you read through it!

‘Blood will have blood’ – The role and symbolism of blood in ‘Macbeth’

What is the role and function of bloody imagery in ‘Macbeth’?  Representation of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s conscience Imagery of blood constantly haunts their minds Reflects changes in Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s characters   Thesis statement Throughout Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’, the recurring imagery of blood is used as a symbol to demonstrate the constant feelings […]

Revising ‘Macbeth’

One way for students to revise the play ‘Macbeth’ is to watch a production of it. At this stage of 6th year, we are unlikely to find the opportunity to see another theatrical performance but some students may be interested in the 2012 film version of the play. You could order it from or […]

Link to SCC English ShowMes on ‘Macbeth’

For all 6th year students revising ‘Macbeth’ here is the link to the excellent St. Columba’s College English blog ShowMes. There are 20 key moments taken from the play and explained in a very straightforward manner. The blog as a whole is outstanding and these key moments will be an excellent resource to aid your […]

Interesting resource on ‘Macbeth’

The following website has some useful notes on the characters, themes and language of ‘Macbeth’. Well worth looking at over the Christmas holidays!