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Re: Scotland, PA Study Guides
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2749  Wednesday, 5 December 2001

From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Dec 2001 17:59:32 -0000
Subject: 12.2731 Scotland, PA Study Guides
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2731 Scotland, PA Study Guides

I don't know if this counts as feedback on the film "Scotland, PA", but
here goes:

I wonder if David Linton (or any other list member) is aware of a BBC
production of Macbeth from about six or seven years ago, set on a
Birmingham housing estate and entitled, with breathtaking
to-the-pointness, "Macbeth on the Estate". It featured a core of
professional actors and amateur locals in the "spear-carrying parts". It
was chiefly memorable for its excellent Macduff - an actor of
Afro-Caribbean descent who really found the depths of the play's verse
by speaking it as if it had rhythm (rare indeed) - he managed to make
the "All my little chickens" scene genuinely moving rather than faintly
ludicrous. And also for the major coup de theatre achieved by making the
weird sisters three local children, who delivered their incatatory lines
with a truly chilling intensity - again, where most productions fail to
make them scary, these were deeply haunting. Good stuff.

martin

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