Thirteen years ago we started performing for the Shakespeare School Festival. Our first performance was A Mid Summer Night Dream at the Corn Exchange in Newbury, and 14 years later we returned with a performance of MacBeth.
The evening's performance was to a packed house which included 40 JMA students and teachers. As the lights went down a single singer was heard in the dark performing the opening phrase from The Smiths, how soon is now. As the single spot engulfed her, a dancer twisted her way down to the front, like an animal slaying her prey. Then the play started with the entire chorus, all dressed in black and white stripes and made up in skull face paints shouting "Just like everybody else does". The dark and forbidding start to the play continued the theme through the whole production with murder, seduction and betrayal.
MacBeth was played by a relatively new comer, Andrew B with a well balanced and almost sinister portrayal of jealousy and ambition. Lady MacBeth was played by one of our more experienced actresses, Tallualah G. Her out damn spot speech was one of the highlights of the evening. The witches, in our production, were played by a single actress who danced all three characters, giving each one a different persona. This very difficult role was played by one of our most talented performers, Taylor W.
The show was a great success which received a rapturous applause and plaudits from all.