by William Shakespeare
New slant on Bard's tragedy
Renowned for its unorthodox approach to drama, the
Old Town Theatre Company is this season turning traditional with
|OTTC take on the 'Scottish Play'
But in the true spirit of the company the actors have
put their own slant on the famous tragedy and adapted it to suit
a younger age group.
"The beauty of Shakespeare is in his words so we are
not mucking about with the text but we have given it a modern approach,"
said Lance Hodges who adapted the play. Macbeth is one of the set
books on the curriculum of the examining board for GCSEs and A-levels.
The theatre company has had enthusiastic feedback
from Swindon schools.
The company would welcome drama schools who wanted
to attend rehearsals and meet the actors.
Lance has swapped his director's hat for the leading
role this time and having adapted it says that although there is
a lot to learn he already knows most of it by heart.
There is a military theme to the Scottish play which
is full of ambition, lust and power.
The Old Town Theatre Company has turned the final
fight scene into a martial arts extravaganza. "Leigh Childs is helping
us with the choreography," said Lance.
There is an extra performance at the Burmah Castrol
House, Pipers Way on October 14 in aid of charity.
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Tragedy to suit the young crowd
A new look to Macbeth, one of William Shakespeare's
darker tragedies, is performed this week by a Swindon Theatre Company
renowned for its unconventional approach.
The Old Town Theatre Company has a modern style and
setting to the play which is not localised or dated but sticks closely
to the text.
The aim is to encourage younger people to enjoy Shakespeare
without destroying the beauty of his text.
"We have concentrated on the values within the play
because they are timeless," said Lance Hodges, who plays the title
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