Pulse Media had the pleasure of watching the opening performance of the UCLan Drama Society’s rendition of Macbeth in the Mitchell and Kenyon Theatre on Friday 10th December.
The show is set with a political theme, yet still uses the Shakespearean narrative which is something that is conveyed well in the costume and setting.
Shakespeare is known for it’s performance difficulties, particularly for actors who have not trained professionally. However the Drama Society, under the direction of Matt Corrick and Sam Waite, put on an enjoyable performance.
One thing that always stands out in the UCLan Drama Society performances is their fight scenes, and there was no exception with Macbeth. Their were gasps in the audience as heads were smashed on the table punches were thrown, which shows great work by both the actors and the choreographers.
A special mention should go out to David Wilkes and Samantha Fogg, who played Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Their deliverance of the Shakespearean language was clear and well performed.
I can’t help but feel like the Drama Society were let down by the university as some of the issues I had with the performance were due to the performance space. I found some of the actors quite hard to hear, and with the technical equipment on the back row humming loudly, this made it more difficult to hear.
Nevertheless, the performance was throughly enjoyable, which, coming from someone who doesn’t love Shakespeare, is a bonus!
One of my favourite part of the performance was when the curtain closed and a roar of delight came from back stage as the society delighted in a successful performance. For me the UCLan Drama Society embodies everything a society should. They have regular events, a family-like atmosphere, collaborations with other groups and strong links with the Students’ Union. This well-bonded and friendly group take that onto stage and it shows in their performances.
Macbeth is on for a second night, at 7.30pm 10th December. Tickets are available both online and on the door from £3 for students and £5 for the general public.
Tickets can be bought online by clicking here