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MACBETH’ AT THE MEADS

MACBETH’ AT THE MEADS


Lynn Court
Lynn Court
MACBETH’ AT THE MEADS

On Monday 5th February, we were very fortunate to have the opportunity for a Google Meet with four of the actors from the acclaimed production of ‘Macbeth’ at the Donmar Warehouse in London.

Award winning star of stage and screen Cush Jumbo (The Good Wife, Torchwood) who plays Lady Macbeth, and regular TV and stage actor Cal MacAninch (Wild At Heart, Downton Abbey) appearing as Banquo, were joined by Noof Ousellam (Vera, Guilt) who portrays Macduff and Jatinder Singh Randhawa (The Control Room, Crime) in the roles of the Porter and Seyton.

 

During our 45 minutes with cast members preparing for the evening performance, students and staff present found out some interesting facts:

 

·         All major roles are filled by Scottish actors, except Lady Macbeth. The director didn’t want her to use a Scottish accent – even though she was keen. Apparently, Max Webster wanted to emphasise her difference…which is why she is also the only character dressed in white, while the others wear black.

·         Each actor has their own pre-show routine e.g. Cal told us he eats early to avoid feeling too full on stage and begins to switch to the mindset for his character an hour and a half before his appearance.

·         Noof gave us some insight regarding Scottish geography to explain the journey Macduff takes to get help from the English forces.

·         Cush and the rest of the team said that iambic pentameters are useful, but it is important that they don’t restrict the way each character gives a sense of realism in the voice they portray to the audience.

·         Jatinder explained the importance of the Porter in representing the regular people – many of whom make up the majority of the audience…both then and now.

 

The production sold out immediately, however…we have been told that a performance was filmed the week before our meeting…so hopefully we will all have the chance to see ‘Macbeth’ soon.

 

Finally, let’s not forget Bushey Meads own Casper Knopf was part of the ensemble cast as Macduff’s Son, Fleance and Young Siward. Thanks to Mrs Knopf and Mr Knowles for setting up this rare chance to hear the modern actors’ perspectives and experiences of performing in this iconic Shakespearean play.

 

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