Posted 15 June 2007 - 03:26 PM
Posted 23 June 2007 - 01:50 PM
I didn't have any problem with the colour-blind casting or the Irish accent for Macbeth. My problem with the production was chiefly that Macbeth looked too much like a one-dimensional action hero and there was no convincing portrayal of his inner torment. Having him flailing around when meeting the witches for the second time was laughably bad both as an idea and in its execution. It was more like watching Highlander than Shakespeare.
Mrs Macbeth was equally unconvincing.
However, on the plus side I did like the idea of making the witches victims of Macbeth's past atrocities and their continuing presence on stage manipulating events, particularly their puppetry of Banquo's corpse and their dagger throwing during Macbeth's vision. Having the witches collectively play the porter was also clever.
I left feeling that I'd seen half a production that could have been considerably better with different casting but using the same basic ideas.
The innovation I could have done without was the hanging of Macbeth by the witches in order for one of them to then gratify herself using the resulting tumescence.
Posted 24 June 2007 - 11:11 PM
Right. And to think of the bile heaped on T.Nunn for showing the Fool being hanged in Lear (supported in a way by the text and hardly a novel insight anyway - I have seen it done befeore).
Posted 25 June 2007 - 05:40 PM
I really like the sound of this, especially after the awful interpretation of the witches in the last Macbeth I saw (slaughtered the text- you actually couldn't make it out, and had little to no characterisation).
But this sounds less good. And returns me to the inclination of not being very interested in trekking down to see this production. Ah well.
Posted 17 July 2007 - 10:43 PM
It was interesting hearing the Irish accent play Macbeth with its slightly different up and downs especially at the end of lines. Sometimes it worked very well but the 'tomorrow' speech fell flat I thought.
Posted 20 July 2007 - 10:26 AM
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