Presented by Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
Directed by Gemma Bodinetz
6th May - 11th June 2011
On a fitting note, this staging of Macbeth, starring David Morrisey -
who began his acting career as a teenager with the Everyman Youth Theatre
- will be the last major production to take place at this esteemed venue,
before the building is razed to the ground with a £28 million redevelopment
taking its place in two years time.
According to Director Gemma Bodinetz, it is based around the time of
the Chernobyl disaster - none of the national or local reviews have even
suggested this - with an austere staging, encompassing sounds of electrical
static, harsh lighting, loose wires trailing everywhere, together with
the presence of poisonous liquids and flames.
Morrisey turns in a fine performance as the murderous Macbeth, with his
charismatic and dark presence but his vocal delivery sometimes lacks conviction.
But he convincingly conveys Macbeth's mood swings, as the demons rage
Macbeth, perhaps foolishly heeding the prophecies of the three witches
- one of which bizzarely was a man! - allied with the corupting influence
of his wfie (Julia Ford), leads to the slaying of the King of Scotland
to take over his crown, but falls foul of his dark deeds when he himself
Two thumbs up for Bodinetz for a highly original and thought provoking
version of The Scottish Play! Particularly impressive was the overridding
sense of decay and nihilism.
Two thumbs up also for designer Francis O'Connor, who has constructed
an almost sci-fi looking backdrop, and composer Peter Coyte, for a dynamic
and aggressive-oriented soundtrack.