Macbeth:Reboot | Vision | Cast | Gallery
What if you left your better-self behind – and it watched you? What if it moved then from watching to trying to return?
A physical telling of the story, alongside the magnificent text affords us a whole world of theatrical possibilities.
The voices in Macbeth’s head – and Lady Macbeth’s – birth new, darker characters while the other self that is left behind still has a life, observes and ultimately tries to redeem itself.
The ghosts in our play make themselves felt more clearly than ever before. Allied to Physical Theatre techniques I honed working with Stephen Berkoff, ghosts literal, metaphoric and ghosts as energies, become flesh. For Banquo and for all the characters in the play.
Characters change, like a snake that sheds its old skin. And the new skin has a dangerous life of its own.
The focused and imaginative physical actor can create and immediately destroy anything: energies, plots, regrets and re-birth. Macbeth is a tale of darkness: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Guernica’.
Yet the undertow of humanity in the play – also ghosts and echoes – show us we are all joined: I am my brother’s keeper.
These concepts were at the forefront in early rehearsals and now continue to organically point a way forward and a way for our company to work and create theatre..
Dominic Grant, director