It’s the Scottish play in Scotland, but also in New York, and in the 80’s – not to mention in the round. There is so much to talk about in BoxedIn Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which went up this week in the StAge. It was, in short, a treat. The performances were captivating without exception: Lydia Seed was thrilling to watch, and left me furious with Shakespeare for not putting Lady Macbeth onstage twice as often as she is. Bailey Fear was exquisitely unbalanced as Macbeth, and he and Seed radiated the toxic, irresistible chemistry which fuels the tragedy from beginning to end. The characters in this play are complicated, and these nuances shone through across the board: the strength and raw emotion of Macduff (Molly Williams); the reluctant, inexplicable charisma of Malcolm (Xavier Atkins); the genuine good nature of Banquo (Henry Roberts), which seems to mark him for death from the start. Ana Fati, Naphysa Awuah, and Cameron Chavers deserve special mention as the witches – evil has never looked so fun.
“We are what we always were in Salem…”
It would be difficult to overstate how excited I was to hear that Little Women would be the Just So freshers’ production. This is one of the most underrated musicals of all time: a quirky, irresistibly heartfelt adaptation of Alcott’s classic novel packed with songs you’ll keep singing for weeks.
I first encountered Birds in a classics module during my first semester at St. Andrews. After reading it, I remember thinking: what a shame such a delightful play is so utterly and completely unperformable. So, needless to say, I wasn’t going to miss this production. I wanted to see how it would overcome the two main challenges of the play: that half the characters are birds, and half the action takes place in the sky.