Wilton Music Hall, London
By Lucrezia Pollice - 28 February, 2018
An obscure, gritty and striking re-adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic is not to be missed. It is true that theatre can move us in unexpected ways and Mark Bruce’s Macbeth definitely manages to shake and profoundly affect its spectators to the bone. The whole piece is built on an incredibly breath taking and powerful use of poetry and visual metaphor is used throughout the performance. Are you ready to experience Macbeth’s sinister, grotesque and mystical world of ambition, betrayal and vicious pursuit of power?
Three beautifully dark, sinister witches open the production. They are soon defeated by an outside force and left with deformed faces and marked bodies - three disturbing dolls with silver skin. The choreography varies between a mixture of physical theatre and contemporary dance, utilising various styles within the piece. There are some stunning duets between the superb Jonathan Goddard (Macbeth) and Eleanor Duval (Lady Macbeth) and breath-taking group choreographies especially in the ball scenes. Carina Howard gives a superb performance as the daughter of Duncan and the First Witch, but each single member of the cast brings a slick and impressive performance, both as dancers and actors. This is truly a fantastic ensemble of talented professionals who dance with beautiful ease.
The set, designed by Phil Eddols, and Dorothee Brodruck's costumes are exceptional. There is a real harmony here between each element of the production; music, scenery, props, sound, choreography and acting. The production is a continuous visual stimulation.
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Guy Hoare's beautifully designed lighting combines strikingly with the choreography to create a dark dusky ambience. The orchestral music resonates, creating a subtle, supernatural mood. In places, the strings feel uncomfortable, creating a sense of anxiousness and unease and in others create an atmosphere of mystery; a sense of the grotesque.
The imagery is often chilling, yet always stunning; this is a production of 'Macbeth' unlike any other and although often unexpected, it is completely alluring. The women really stand out - what I really admired was Bruce's ability to represent the female body in a sexy, beautiful yet extremely powerful way.
In complete honesty, I was so moved by the second act that I stopped taking notes. For a couple of hours, I was completely transported into the timeless story of Macbeth, to a new world, a world full of constant surprises.
Mark Bruce's Macbeth portrays the brute and savage nature of life, power and death. It allows us to meditate on our own humanity and will undoubtedly resonate with all who see it. It's an extremely powerful experience and one definitely not to be missed.
'Macbeth,' runs at Wilton Music Hall until 17 March, 2018 then tours until May - click here to book