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Macbeth at the Union Theatre

Jeremiah Mosley

The Union Theatre presents the Enmasse Theatre Company's inspired production of William Shakespeare's acclaimed tragedy of Macbeth.

Directed by William Oldroyd, this rendering of the classic piece draws strongly on an often underplayed aspect of the title character, his sheer lunacy. Bertie Carvel as Macbeth awakens the audience to the realisation of just how fanatical the lust for power can make a man.

The location and setup of the theatre stage served to intensify the performance, with the thunderous sounds of trains passing overhead often adding to the ominous atmosphere which surrounds the entire story.

While the theatre seats only a handful of people, the close quarters constantly thrust the viewers into the midst of the action. However, even without these supportive utilities, the performance was very
powerful. The actors represented quite well the complex mixture of sorrow, madness, and righteous dealings demanded by the tragedy.

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