St. Mary’s Talent Shines in our 2014 School Production

St. Mary’s Menston again celebrated the school’s enormous talent as  Shakespeare’s Macbeth was brought to the school stage.  Under the guidance of Drama Teachers Miss Andrews and Miss Exworthy, a cast of forty students performed over three consecutive nights.

The play is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful tragedies and tells the story Macbeth, a brave Scottish general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland.

The entire cast and crew worked extremely hard for months to make the performances a resounding success.  Sixth Form student George Bilenko was outstanding as Macbeth and  Millie Malir, cast as Lady Macbeth, made such a difficult role appear easy.  Other notable performances were Maddie Tysoe, Aimee Goodman and Keira Heckman who played the Witches. 

“The performances this week have taken my breath away. The dedication and talent of the cast has been inspirational. They have rehearsed, prepared and performed with such professionalism that they could have graced any stage!”
— Miss Andrews, who Directed and Produced the performance

“Congratulations to all cast and crew members involved in this outstanding production. As members of the audience remarked, this was far more than a “school production” with performances of the very highest quality, acknowledged by all those lucky enough to attend. Months of hard work from students and staff have gone into making the play such a wonderful success and all concerned deserve the very highest praise for their dedication and effort. There would appear to be no end to talented students at St. Mary’s and we are blessed with members of staff who are prepared to nurture and develop this talent by providing unique and exceptional opportunities for our young people.”
— Mr Geldart, Assistant Headteacher

Photo: Macbeth (George Bilenko) and Lady Macbeth (Millie Malir)

Photo: Macbeth (George Bilenko) and Lady Macbeth (Millie Malir)

“The most polished first night performance I have seen of any production. The play was wonderful! Well done everyone involved in Macbeth.”
— Mrs Findlay, Chaplain and Learning Mentor, St. Mary's Menston

“Macbeth has been a great experience for everyone involved, and we couldn’t have done it without Miss Andrews.”
— George Bilenko, Year 13 (Macbeth)

“Macbeth is probably the most challenging production I’ve been in during my 7 years at St. Mary’s, but I loved it. I’m genuinely proud of everyone that was involved and the amount of dedication shown. It was incredible!”
— Gareth Orr, Year 13 (Banquo)


Macbeth George Bilenko
Lady Macbeth Millie Malir
Banquo Gareth Orr
Macduff Matt Allen
Lady Macduff Laura Hickie
King Duncan Jacob Hargreaves
Malcolm Mairenn Collins
Donalbain Mary-Louise Jessop
Ross Matthew Spalding
Lennox James Donnelly
Sergeant Myles Hanlon
Fleance Sophie Coulson
Macduff Jr Hannah Lovatt
Angus Aelis Bray
Cathiness Jamie Hoar
Meneith Myles Hanlon
Siward Jake Marshall
Doctor Josie Clarke
Porter Megan Griggs
The Witches
Witch 1 Maddie Tysoe
Witch 2 Aimee Goodman
Witch 3 Kiera Heckman
Witch Chorus Evie Adams, Sophie Coulson, Megan Griggs, Emily Hazlegreaves, Sophia Lenik, Hannah Lovatt, Daisy Lyons, Jess Smith, Rosie Smith
Apparitions Evie Adams, Sophie Coulson, Jess Smith
Murders Emily Hazlegreaves, Sophia Lenik, Rosie Smith
Servants Daisy Lyons, Rosie Smith, Jess Smith


Front of House/Tickets Mrs C Roberts and Year 10 Drama
Photography Mr M Gosling and Mr G Davi
Stage Management Mary Morris
Technician/sound Mr G Davis
Prompt Felicity Hemming
Lighting Mr G Davis
Prop making Mrs C Barnes, Mr J Singleton, Year 12 Textiles students
Directors Miss C Andrews, Miss E Exworthy
Assistant Director Miss E Slater
Producer Miss C Andrews

With grateful thanks to:

Mrs B Pounder, Mrs V Chapman, Mrs J Findlay, Mrs C Roberts and Student Managers
for all their help with refreshments and front of house.

Mr M Barker and the Site Management Team for all their support.

Act One

The play opens as three witches plan a meeting with the Scottish nobleman Macbeth who, at that moment, is fighting in a great battle. When the battle is over, Macbeth and his friend Banquo come across the witches who offer them three predictions: that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, King of Scotland, and that Banquo’s descendants will become kings.

Banquo laughs at the prophecies but Macbeth is excited, especially as soon after their meeting with the witches Macbeth is made Thane of Cawdor by King Duncan, in return for his bravery in the battle. He writes to his wife, Lady Macbeth, who is equally excited. A messenger tells Lady Macbeth that King Duncan is on his way to their castle and she invokes evil spirits to help her slay him. Macbeth is talked into killing Duncan by his wife and stabs him to death. No one is quite sure who committed this murder and no one feels safe, but Macbeth is crowned King.

Now that Macbeth is King he knows the second prediction from the witches has come true, but he starts to fear the third prediction (that Banquo’s descendants will also be kings). Macbeth, therefore, decides to kill Banquo and his son but the plan goes wrong - Banquo is killed but his son escapes. Macbeth then thinks he is going mad because he sees Banquo’s ghost and resolves to visit the witches.

Act Two

Macbeth receives more predictions and prophecies from the eerie apparitions. The first: that he should “beware of Macduff” an important Scottish Lord, who has fled to England. The second: that he cannot be killed by any man born of a woman. The third: that he need not fear until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane. Although convinced of his invincibility, he starts to become ruthless in his ambition to remain King of Scotland and kills the family of Macduff. Macbeth still thinks he is safe but one by one, the witches’ prophecies come true. Lady Macbeth, who cannot stop thinking about Duncan, becomes deranged and dies. A large army marches on Macbeth’s castleand Macbeth is killed by Macduff.

There will be an exciting display of photos, arranged by Mrs Chattoe, near our Main Hall (room M1). Look forward to it!