Free Macbeth taster at Mermaid


A new theatrical performance project will take place in the Tudor Room at the Mermaid Inn, Rye, on Sunday April 30, at 2pm.

Interpreting Macbeth poster

This is a one-off, free entry event entitled “Interpreting Macbeth” presented by local professional theatre company Bowler Crab Productions.

Now in preparation for the company’s 10th Shakespearean production later this year, Bowler Crab are holding a special event that looks at where they started out with their debut production of Macbeth back in 2013.

The piece combines a talk about Shakespeare’s famous tragedy with performances of extracts from the play to encourage audiences to discuss how the text can be interpreted in different ways.

Director and founder of Bowler Crab, Stephen John, will be playing Macbeth along with core member of the company, Eleanor Stourton, as Lady Macbeth.

Concentrating on the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, these two actors will perform scenes from the play with a variety of interpretations to illustrate the versatility of Shakespeare’s wonderful verse.

By demonstrating how a text can be processed in different ways for different effects, this piece explores the characters’ personalities, motivations and varying functions in the play.

Part general entertainment by professional actors and part open discussion with Shakespearean experts, this project, once exclusively for festivals and school performances, is now touring private venues for the first time by popular demand. At the end of the session, voluntary contributions will be welcomed to help the actors to earn a crust!

Photos: Bowler Crab Productions

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