Sunday, 14 July 2013

MIF13 - Macbeth

Our last event of MIF13 -
and the reason I took membership -
Macbeth staring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston
{last seen at the Barbican in Hamlet in 1992 and the RST in Love's Labours Lost in 1990}
The whole production had been designed to build excitement -
a performance in a found location - kept secret until just before the festival -
a limited run, with a small capacity -
no tickets sent out - but instead an email telling us where to meet on the day.
We found the mill building in Ancoats - collected our tickets and then followed the instructions to wait in the courtyard until our "clan" was called.
then the clans were called one at a time and walked down the street to the de-consecrated church which had been transformed with mud and candles.
The membership had paid off -
 and we had amazing front row seats to the hottest {literally} show in town.
The performance was dramatic and visceral. The breath taking excitement of the battles as bodies were thrown thudding against our wooden box seats,
the mud and rain {yes rain} splashing us.
We were so close to the actors - we felt involved as never before.
So many stand out images and moments -
never to be forgotten!


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