response to Stroud Theatre Company'sfrom Paul Milton, Creative Director of the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Garner’s performance at the Stroud Theatre Festival is a one man
tour-de-force. It’s a really clever script, all of which has been
written by William Shakespeare (but not necessarily in that order and
not all of it from “Macbeth”) – it tells the entire story of the play
of Macbeth, all seen from the viewpoint of the central character.
set is a simple one: a scaffold tower with moveable planks of wood,
which Chris climbs through, in and out to good visual effect. The
props are similarly simple, but always effective (the bloody crown
This monologue play lasts for about an hour, but an
awful lot of physical and psychological action is packed into this
time. It’s one of those pieces that you want to see again in
order to delve deeper into Macbeth’s emotional journey.
The plan is
to add a filmic background to this play. Macbeth Alone is a fine
piece already, but with projected support it could be truly excellent.
I look forward to seeing the ongoing development of this very, very good show.
Paul Milton (Creative Director)
01242 512515 ext 230