Macbeth on Inchcolm Island
Production transcends limitations through spectacular and unique location
This article is from 2012.
To sacrifice five hours of your evening for one festival show, it has to be something pretty special. Fortunately this unusual production of Macbeth on Inchcolm Island does not disappoint. Packed on to a coach with excited, anorak-clad festival-goers you are taken down to South Queensferry to meet the boat that will take you over the Forth. Huddled on the deck, wrapped in grey blankets supplied by the stewards you can glimpse the end of a battle scene on the beach as the witches appear at the bow to guide the vessel in to dock. These touches demonstrate the care that is taken throughout the production to immerse you in Macbeth’s world as the stewards silently shepherd you through different locations for each scene, allowing the imposing beauty of the ruined abbey and its surrounds to create a deeply atmospheric backdrop to the performances.
The student actors are spirited, but the challenge of being audible in an outdoor setting can occasionally sacrifice some subtlety of emotion despite their best efforts. An otherwise competent and straightforward rendition of the Scottish play, this production transcends its limitations by the spectacular and unique location which makes it an experience not to be missed.