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Three To See 2012: New interpretations of the Scottish Play

By | Published on Wednesday 25 July 2012

2008 Macbeth

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses recommends three reworks of  ‘Macbeth’ at the Edinburgh Festival this year.

2008: Macbeth (pictured)
Some might think that you can’t possibly come to Scotland’s biggest arts event and not take in a version of ‘Macbeth’. To be honest, I wouldn’t agree with that, but if you are coming this year, and Shakespeare is on your mind, I think you could do worse than choose one of the variations of it being staged this year. This first one is part of the International Festival, and is set in the midst of a contemporary Middle Eastern conflict, offering an unflinching portrayal of violence in war. It’s a Polish production, but don’t let that put you off; there will be English supertitles.
2008: Macbeth, Royal Highland Centre, 11-18 Aug (not 14), 7.30pm, eifpp7. www.eif.co.uk

Lady M
This show also joins us from overseas, hailing from The Netherlands, but this looks like a very different kind of production. Told from the perspective of a lady-in-waiting, this solo performance has apparently already enjoyed some success in producing company Het Vijfde Bedrijf’s native land. The character only had one scene in the original play, but here she gets to divulge some of the gory details of what she has witnessed. And I’m all in favour of gory details.
Lady M, C Venues – C eca, 1-18 Aug (not 13), 4.15pm, fpp291. www.lady-m.nl

Macbeth: Who Is That Bloodied Man?
Now this sounds very, very interesting. This next show is from Fringe First winners Teatr Biuro Podrozy, who will be staging a physical, highly visual outdoor production at Old College Quad called ‘Macbeth: Who Is That Bloodied Man’ (and featuring the stilted performers in the picture above). It promises to be captivating, exhilarating and generally all round fantastic, though you will have to stand up to watch it. And it also contains nudity. Yes, nudity. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Macbeth: Who Is That Bloodied Man?, Old College Quad, 2-13 Aug, 10.30pm, fpp295. www.teatrbiuropodrozy.pl