Director: Liz Carruthers
Reviewer: Marina Spark
Scottish theatre company, White Stage Theatre Company, are staging a Gaelic translation and adaptation of the famous Shakespearean taleMacbeth. The punchy adaptation involves Macbheatha and Lady Macbheatha in the live action and has the other characters communicating by projected action, video diary or news update. The original text has been adapted well to fit within the one hour slot. It focuses on the essential plot and does not overload or confuse with unnecessary information. Set within a military bunker in a dystopian Scotland the Macbeths rise to power by killing their way to the top.
The recorded projections, although of a good quality, are disappointing. Adding very little to the atmosphere and only really providing a device to progress action, theyare superfluous and a lazy choice on the part of the Liz Carruthers, who appears to taken a heavy handed approach to the direction.
The relationship between Macbheatha and his wife, played by David Walker and Catriona Lexy Campbell, is another disappointment. Sadly, the actors appear to have no natural chemistry and both proceed to deliver dispassionate, stereotypical portrayals of the characters. There is very little convincing progression of their characters and even less drive to their purpose. The direction does not help these actors out and makes for an unimaginative, predictable hour.
While it is interesting that the production is in Gaelic,Macbheatharelies heavily on the atmosphere that the language naturally creates to disguise the fact that the production does not have much heart or soul. It is not enough for this lack-lustre production to hide behind the language and the video equipment and sadly, as a result, those aspects of the show end up feeling like a gimmick.
Runs until 24th August