Macbeth is magnificent

Thursday, 29 December 2016

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THE decision to produce a Shakespearean play is a brave one for any director, but to ask a group of young students to perform in one of Shakespeare's most complex tragedies is surely foolhardy.
Yet, Dr Terry Hunter, ably assisted by Miss Cheryl Brown, and his cast rose triumphantly to the challenge.
Dr Hunter's vision for Macbeth, a dark and unnerving experience worthy of Bertolt Brecht himself, could not have been realised without the backstage teams. The costumes, props, staging and make-up all aligned perfectly to create the dystopian, post-apocalyptic setting demanded from them.
In Ian Pinkerton the director found his Macbeth, and what a maelstrom he was. Ian managed to show the descent of a man overcome by evil. The near innocence of his first encounter with the witches perfectly juxtaposed with his later wrath as he shouted at servants and tiraded across the stage. Yet he was never a one-dimensional creature - even at moments where we should hate the tyrant, Ian would begin a monologue which revealed the deep inner workings of a complex character: one who was unsure of killing Duncan, who loved his wife and was grieved by her death, who was trapped by his past actions and could see no way out from the descent. His final encounter with Macduff was wonderfully directed, with Macbeth running through the audience followed by Macduff, and then again from the back of the hall onto the proscenium stage. The audience was entirely captive and part of the scene.
*Read the full article in this week's Ballymoney Chronicle


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