Macbeth

This all-female production of Macbeth was truly a sight to behold. The show follows the traditional structure and story of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, making a few minor cuts for time.

The most impressive part of the play was the near flawless delivery of each line by the actresses.

With a small cast, many characters were played by the same actresses who changed minor parts of their costume to represent these new characters. The set was simple but effective with a single box made of poles representing everything from a cauldron to a dinner table. This added to the overall versatility of the show. The sound was done well with most of it being live rather than recorded audio. The notorious 'knocking' for example was played by witches from the audience.

The most impressive part of the play was the near flawless delivery of each line by the actresses. Their performances of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, and the emotion they brought with their lines, in particular stood out; even someone who doesn’t have a grasp of the language could easily follow along with the plot.

Where this play really shone was its creativity. The actors utilised subtle shifts in costumes and physicality to create over thirty different characters. The simplicity of the show did not take away from the entertainment value. I would recommend this show to anyone who is a fan of Shakespeare or anyone who just wants to see an outstanding show featuring a cast that clearly poured their soul in to the production.

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Something wicked this way comes... To what depths will Macbeth stoop to gain the crown of Scotland? Will the weird sisters' prophecies spell glory or destruction? From Shakespeare's own Stratford-upon-Avon, Tread the Boards Theatre Company presents his compelling classic tragedy of ambition, bloody chaos, witchcraft and ghosts. In this dark, psychological thriller the breakdown of natural order is heightened by our all-female cast.

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