Theatre review: Dunsinane

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WITH important issues like our troops, the upcoming referendum and the autumn weather, it seems more than fitting that David Greig’s critically-acclaimed play should find itself back on the stage.

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King’s Theatre, Leven Street

For Greig, though, his 2010 play still comes across as a bold move for him to revisit the characters of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. But it’s understandable. Far too often now, sequels and remakes are constantly being flung upon us, and it usually results in an uproar of anger from the diehard fans.

Luckily, he doesn’t see this as a way to make a quick bit of cash. Instead, this as an opportunity for us to find out what happened after the curtain closed.

Greig’s story carries on where things left off 400 years ago. Macbeth is dead and the queen is still very much alive.

The English have conquered Dunsinane Castle and now want to bring peace to Scotland. However, there’s difficulty from both nations to accept this new change. But in the centre of all this conflict, Gruach (aka Lady Macbeth) begins to use the English army to her advantage.

Actors Siobhan Redmond and Jonny Philips revisit their roles of Gruach and Siward, when the play was first performed in 2010. Seeing these two performers back together is a delight to watch.

Philips as Siward seethes his frustration and anger throughout his role as a General determined to restore order between two nations. Redmond certainly brings her character to life just through her stage presence.

Even the sight of her fills the room with tension and suspense, as we’re completely unaware of what her next move will be. Someone who also stands strong within this production is Tom Gill.

His portrayal as a young soldier describing the struggles facing his fellow troops when coping with harsh conditions provides the majority of laughs within the piece.

Though it’ll never live up to The Bard’s story, for a sequel, Greig’s script does stand tall.

This is definitely a relevant and thought provoking piece towards the politics of today, making this one of Greig’s most important works to date.

Run ends Saturday