Imagine three raucous, muddy children dashing about a tree house (tin foil swords in hand) recounting Shakespeare’s Macbeth - that’s exactly what the delightful 6 Foot Stories delivers at The Warren. This playful retelling of the classic tale ‘puts the witches at the centre of this dark and bloody tragedy… they prepare a fortune reading that will destroy a throne and everything around it’. The cretinous witches watch the action fervently from the side-lines as the actors effortlessly switch roles utilising the simple convention of a sharp intake of breath, aided by Zinta Gercāns’ dramatic lighting. The ramshackle, macabre set is complete with a witch’s ritual circle, corresponding harmoniously with the textures and layers of their hipster costumes. The piece included cosy folk music interludes with the assistance of Nigel Munson’s clever mandolin and wheelbarrow, yes wheelbarrow, playing. Saying that, the heavy rock music during a more dramatic scene was so welcome.
Up and coming actor, Jake Hassam, as a sinister Lady Macbeth, talks of ‘greatness’ and is most definitely destined for just that. He speaks with a beautifully resonant voice that morphs seamlessly through various accents. The actors share the load of the bard’s most renowned speeches, such as Ben Riddle’s version of ‘They met me in the day of success’ in which the witches maliciously repeat these words back to him. Riddle speaks with clarity and great understanding of the text whilst providing a sweet and grounded Macbeth. Class clown Munson plays possibly the most coy, nimble and poised Lady Macbeth I’ve seen to date. The trio dance playfully among Munson’s broken beaded necklace, smiling through the pain without so much as a grimace. The folk-like movement segments were joyful and it is clear the actors can dance; with more bravery and rehearsal this could progress the piece further. An experimental, energetic and well-rehearsed piece – these boys deserve packed audiences.
Written by @_FayeButler