Recipe tor tackling a Shakespearean tragedy: 500 litres peat. 250 litres sand, two dozen intense passions and one cairn. Add three witches and stir them together into ‘Macbeth’ by Edinburgh University Theatre Company, opening 1 December at the Bedlam Theatre.

Since its Iounding 67 years ago, E.U.T.C. has been noted as an innovator, taking on experimental work as well as the classics and presenting them ellectively in a studio theatre. But how to do ‘Macbeth‘ in such a small space? ‘We're going to do it in the round.’ says director David Campton, ‘We want to increase the intimacy as much as possible and draw our audience in by relying on the intense relationships.‘

ActorJames Wallace, playing Macbeth, is determined to fit into Campton's scheme: ‘Wheneveryou‘re doing Shakespeare, you‘re dealing with a holy relic— so many people have played it belore. You’ve just got to say

the hell with it and get on with doing it and making it real.‘ Higth praised for his performance in ‘Strange Growths in Vietnam‘ during the last Festival, Wallace has no illusions, however, about the morality at his character‘s intentions: ‘In his drive to the top, Macbeth destroys his conscience and his soul and is left with nothing but the will to live.’

But what of Lady M‘s conscience? ‘Her own humanity destroys her,'says actress Lucy Morgan, who successfully navigated Hecuba in “The Trojan Women‘ at E.U.T.C. last March: ‘Lady Macbeth is so otten played as a liendish queen, but she’s not. She‘s a woman desperately in love with her husband, driven by love, who finally sell-destructs.’

Other powerlul intentions lorthis ‘Macbeth’ include a chorus of disembodied voices, live percussionists and a massive sound system installed ‘right underneath the audience,’ - all to be used to heighten mood and tension. 'We’re also trying to emphasize the supernatural meddling in this play,‘ says Campton. But as it's to be performed in the round, there‘ll be no flying in at apparitions amid dry ice vapours. Campton intends to put his witches on stage with the rest at the characters: ‘They'll be subtly orchestrating the turn at events throughout because I don’t want Macbeth played as an out and out baddie. It’s more about people’s weaknesses in the lace at late.’ (Gregg Ward)

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