Our third show was Macbeth by William Shakespeare; performed at Theatre Deli, Eyre Street on 6th & 7th April 2018.
For this production we did things a little different: the part of Macbeth was gender swapped. Thus altering the dynamic between the core murderous couple: turning the idea of “behind every man…” diatribe on its head with the ‘woman in the relationship’ acting as both the brains and the brawn.
Set in corporate1980’s, the heyday of excess, ambition ad greed. The time of Grace Jones, Margaret Thatcher and other powerful women on the rise. This production saw the protagonist fight for the control of her company, rather than the crown of Scotland, and kill off boorish men in the process. The themes of this show, while iconic for the new setting, resonate within our current culture of female empowerment and gender and sexual equality.
So, imagine Dynasty, but with murder and lesbianism…
Macbeth - Heather Gibb
Lady Macbeth - Sabrina Senior
Banquo - Michael Winrow
Duncan - Joe Hobson
Malcolm - Robert Place
Macduff - Mobeen Arshan
Witch 1 - Michael Hudson
Witch 2 - Becky Cleary
Witch 3 - Sian Meredith
Lady Macduff - Alison Brelsford
Fleance - Bethan Tanner
Director - Bethan Tanner
Producer - Lucy Smith-Jones
Backstage Manager - Jamie Cooke
Props & Costume - Rhiannon Walker
Sound & Lighting - Lucy Smith-Jones
I must especially praise director Bethan Tanner whose clever combination of Shakespeare’s creation with the spirit and issues of the 80s made it almost appear as if it had been the play’s destiny all along.
The stand out performance of the night came from Sabrina Celia Senior as Lady Macbeth, whose performance was full of passion, emotion and incredible stage presence and who had fantastic sexual chemistry with Heather Gibb as Macbeth.