"Is this a dagger which I see before me?"

Wednesday, 17. June 2015

by Martyn Bryant

Last weekend the famous lines “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.” were spoken by Jonas as he played Macbeth in this year’s Shakespeare production. Macbeth, or if you are reading this out loud in a theater, ‘The Scottish Play’, as it is unlucky to refer in speech to the play as Macbeth (sorry if you have read this out loud 2-3 times - I’m not sure what misfortune results) is a play about prophecy, betrayal, and revenge.

Mitarbeiter Meghan Deere had been working with students since January - casting roles, developing performance skills, co-running a 6-Day Shakespeare hike (with Mitarbeiters Vicky, Dan and Tom) and hosting line learning ‘parties’ so that the students could come to terms with the complex text. The result, last Saturday and Sunday, was two big performances with a cast who strongly embodied their roles and put on a brilliant play.

The stage’s center piece was a table with a vase on it which doubled as a potion counter/cauldron for the witches to add their “eye of newt and toe of frog”, and drinks table for the drink thirsty soldiers returning from war, and a vanity/washbasin for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to wash their hands of the blood of King Duncan. The fight scenes, the death scenes, the drunken scenes, the paranoid and hallucinatory scenes - which were supported by a great soundtrack and full use of the potential of the theatre - meshed together into two very well-received performances.

Bringing the piece to the stage required huge commitment on everyone's part and we congratulate everyone involved for their efforts.

Macbeth (Jonas Niemann), Lady Macbeth (Annabelle Schapals),The Witches (Nina Saghi, Anika Nykanen and Sofya Mayer), Hecate (Matilde Buccimazza), Banquo and Seyton (Asher May), King Duncan and Siward (Christian Stadelmann), Donalbain and Doctor (Jody Lam), Malcolm (Coltrane Kubo), Macduff (Leon Strotz), Lady Macduff (Tina Umbricht), Fleance and Son of Macduff (Isaac May), Lennox (Narra Fortin), Ross (Maria Castano), Murderer and Siward’s Son (Timon Schapals), Menteith and Porter (Quentin Leuzinger), Old Man, Captain and Soldier (Zebulon von Oppeln), Soldier (Kieran Haynes).

Director (Meghan Deere), Stage Manager (Charon Jost) and Lights (Dea and Mat)