A production by the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
2nd - 4th May this prestigious production was performed in Kwai Tsing Theatre. The nearest MTR station, Kwai Fong, exit B to be precise.
I really cannot stress enough just how smart this theatre is. I assumed that because I was going to Kwai Fong in the New Territories on a Saturday night it would be something of a sub standard forgotten building. How wrong I was. Kwai Tsing Theatre is beautiful, modern, clean with an excellent sound system. The toilets were great, plenty of them and all well stocked, and most importantly the temperature was just right. There was no freezing arctic moments to contend with. What more could one want from a night out at the theatre? Oh yes, now I remember. A bar.
Everyone expects a glass of wine at the intermission, don’t they?
Dunsinane is set in 1054 Scotland, written by David Greig in 2010. It is a dramatic sequel to MacBeth. Just exactly what does happen to Scotland after the death of brave MacBeth? Is MacDuff king? Do Malcom's sons return to claim their right to the thrown? These and more questions will be answered in Dunsinane.
Is it cheeky to write a sequel to a great Shakespeare work?
It certainly is, and that's why it is so wonderful. As we all know sequels can be bad. Part 2’s can be awful, with the exception of Toy Story 3 obviously. Perhaps because hundreds of years have passed since the original work, it can be described as cheeky to take liberties; such as keeping Lady MacBeth alive and kicking, not particularly as bonkers as she was the last time we heard her scream and then go silent as she jumped from a balcony. I suppose if Bobby Ewing can wake up and it all be a dream and Jean Rhys can rename Bertha, the mad woman in the attic in Jane Eyre, Antoinette, then Lady MacBeth, henceforth known as Gruach, can be alive.
It is an excellent play and I suspect even more well received in Scotland prior to the coming referendum. Keep those English out!