This week sees second-year students from St Mary’s drama school performing Shakespeare’s’ Macbeth.
One of Shakespeare's darkest and most powerful plays, the production is a gripping account of one man's determination to secure his prophesied destiny by whatever means necessary.
Programme Director for Drama at St Mary’s, and director of the play, Julie Spencer explains: “The play moves at a breathtaking pace through a story of ambition, murder and revenge leading to the eventual downfall of a power obsessed man and his guilt-ridden wife.”
The production, described as intense, bold, atmospheric, challenging and enticing by its cast is performed in the on campus theatre on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th May 2017.
Taylor Blundell, who plays the title role in the production, commented:
“There’s never a break in the ensemble; everyone is working together. This experience has given me a better understanding of the clues Shakespeare gives in the text and I also have a better understanding of how to achieve character with the text.
Cast member, Harmony Daniel, added:
“The way we’ve chosen to tell the story is different. Not in a conventional Scottish environment, but with African style weaving through the clear and basic set. The focus is on using ourselves to create the story.”
The University, which offers a variety of undergraduate programmes, including BA Acting and BA Technical Theatre, also offers a flagship MA Theatre Directing in collaboration with Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, unique to any institution in the UK.
St Mary’s underpins its academic courses with a particular focus on technical skill, all driven by a strong - and growing - team of experts in all aspects of theatre.