The heroic Thane of Glamis and his wife are seduced by boundless ambition. It fills their thoughts, guides their emotions, haunts their dreams and speaks to them in visions and voices. Yielding to such seduction comes at a terrible price.
Aspects of our human nature we’d rather not reveal, hidden under the thin veneer of civilized behaviour are held within Shakespeare’s narrative, tempting us. The instincts of the Macbeth couple release actions we are all capable of. Shakespeare's vision is illustrated every day on the news, his language turns baseness into beauty but we still shudder at the reality.
Two actors take up a journey to self–annihilation through an encounter with the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Their bodies are the landscape for Shakespeare’s startling language and imaginings.
Theatre Alive! would like to thank QMUL, also the CDD for funding towards this project and RADA for its support given in many invaluable ways.
Premièred at the Bloomsbury Festival 2016. Wednesday, 19th October at 7.30 in the Bloomsbury Theatre Studio.
Performance given on 24th February 2017 at the Royal Ballet School, ROH, Covent Garden as part of the Creative Artist Programme;
and 25th February 2017 Juju’s Bar and Stage, Old Truman Brewery Yard, Hanbury Street, London E1.
Director:(Arranged and Staged by) Andrew Visnevski
Specialist Voice Work and Production Assistant: Louise Wilcox
Photos #1-16 © Henry Kenyon (18th October 2016)
Photos #17-24 © Royal Ballet School / Katie Davison (24th February 2017)
Iga Drzymkowska, Matthew Austin