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3rd August 2012


Eastbourne Operatic & Dramatic Society


Italian Gardens, Eastbourne

Type of Production



Tim Marriot


Author: Brenda Gower

This tale of power, ambition, deceit and murder was well handled by all concerned, even in the idyllic Italian Gardens which one would not at first think as a good venue for such a production. However, it worked well with the castle backdrop which left plenty of room for the action. The special effects for the entry of the witches and Banquo's ghost were inspired. Phil Poole gave a thoughtful performance as Macbeth prior to becoming a tyrannous murderer, also obviously being manipulated by his forceful wife. Lady Macbeth was played by Jane Brooman as the definite power behind the throne. All those playing supporting roles were well cast and moved the drama along at a good pace. The weird sisters are to be congratulated, not only for their performances as demons rising from beneath the earth, but also their staying power during the whole performance. The make up (particularly for the witches) was a tour de force amd the music was interesting and effective. Many thanks to Director Tim Marriott and his team for bringing the Scottish Play to the Italian Gardens.