Macbeth

Date 11th November 2016
Society Westovian Theatre Society
Venue Pier Pavilion South Shields
Type of Production Play
Director Jim Barton

Report

Author: Foster Johnson

The burgeoning  talent of the Westovian Juniors was once again displayed with this fine rendition of William Shakespeare’s “The Scottish Play”.  To bring to life one of the works of perhaps  the world’s greatest  author and playwright takes vision, understanding of the genre and of course a great deal of talent from the cast and Production Team. 

Everyone who knows the complexities of the language and thought processes of  the author, realises that the cast have to understand the nuances of their respective roles and play their parts with conviction. Nothing half hearted will do. Well it certainly was not  on  my visit as the cast of twenty gave the audience an enjoyable night’s entertainment.

It was even a greater challenge for the cast as Director Jim Barton set the production with the use of minimal staging  and costumes but his clever  and interpretative  use of lighting and stage and sound provided by the Production Team gave that ethereal setting of the period of the play.

As for the cast themselves I wish to praise them all for the way they put everything they had into the show. As in all shows there were of course some highlights . Pick of these were Georgina Whale-Spencer who was excellent in the role of Lady Macbeth and portrayed the many facets  of the devious power behind the throne in fine style. There were also Reese Wake, Erin Atack, and Melissa Whale–Spencer as the three witches who commanded the stage whenever they appeared and whose force of personality gave added substance to their roles.

So far as the male characters were concerned I was impressed with Jack Robert Young in the title role of Macbeth and Oliver Burgin-Plews as Banquo  both of whom got into their characters well .

In their programme notes there is mention of the challenge of transferring the playwright’s work from page to stage. Well the juniors rose to it and delivered the goods.