Nick Maclaine in Living Lecture Macbeth

This two hour interactive session has been created by our Artistic Director Matt Edgerton. It combines compelling staging of key scenes from the play with detailed analysis of the language, historical context, performance history and big themes in the play.

“[The most enjoyable part was] Being able to be so close to the performance, and seeing the expressions on the actors’ faces.” – Student, 2017 Living Lecture.

A facilitator and a team of actors take students through the essential passages of the play, staging scenes with a combination of great respect for the text and an entertaining and inventive performance style. With a central focus on interpretive choices, the actors and facilitator will discuss characters, language forms, theatrical challenges and the specific demands of Shakespeare on the performer.

“It was a terrific learning opportunity for our students.” – Teacher, 2017 Living Lecture

Living Lectures are dense, fast-paced and fun and will leave you and your students with a wealth of information and inspiration to unpack in the following weeks. Students experience a rich learning environment and an inspiring introduction to Shakespeare’s language and themes. In 2017 the Living Lecture will be available as an incursion.

Creative Team

Presenter: Matt Edgerton

A unit of learning incorporating Barking Gecko’s Living Lecture: Macbeth can complement your classroom activities in the following areas.


  • Voice and movement
  • Drama processes and the elements of drama
  • Drama forms and styles
  • Drama conventions
  • Values, forces and drama practice


  • Compare texts in a variety of contexts

English Literature

  • Compare and evaluate the form, language and content of literary texts
  • Create analytical texts
  • Create imaginative texts
  • Evaluate the dynamic relationship between authors, texts, audiences and contexts
  • Evaluate and reflect on the ways in which literary texts can be interpreted

Please contact us via email or by phone 9380 3080 if you would like more information or have suggestions that could improve the way our work integrates with your classroom practice.