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Re: Macbeth's Hired Thugs
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0836  Thursday, 1 May 2003

From:           S. Greenhalgh <
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Date:           Thursday, 1 May 2003 10:40:12 +0100
Subject: 14.0814 Re: Macbeth's Hired Thugs
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0814 Re: Macbeth's Hired Thugs

The UK TV production of Macbeth that James Doyle refers to is Penny
Woolcock's Macbeth on the Estate (BBC2 1997), which was filmed on the
Ladywood estate in Birmingham where her previous documentary Shakespeare
on the Estate was made.  This features Michael Bogdanov attempting to
"convert" the multi-racial locals to Shakespeare through performing
their own versions.  Children and their fates in a criminalized,
brutalized community is a theme of the entire Macbeth production (the
witches are also played by kids), as in several other of Woolcock's
films set in English council estates and using local inhabitants in
fictional roles based on their own lives.  In an article forthcoming in
Remaking Shakespeare: Shakespeare across media, genres and cultures,
forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan, I discuss both films (apologies for
the plug).  Woolcock is, in my view, an extremely interesting
film-maker, as well as being one of the few women to have filmed
Shakespeare - her film of John Adam's opera The Death of Klinghoffer
premieres on UK's Channel 4 on  May 24(see an article on this in today's
Guardian www.guardian.co.uk/arts/higgins).

Susanne Greenhalgh,
University of Surrey Roehampton.

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