I was given my first job with the RSC when I was still at drama school as a boy soldier in Dunsinane
at Hampstead Theatre, which was a bit like a dream come true," he says.
But David Greig's Dunsinane
– produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2010 and touring again here under the wing of the National Theatre of Scotland – is a brilliant piece of work in its own right and one that speaks to the present day.
Macbeth is cursing the witches' "forked" tongues, for what they last told him--he shall be harmed by "none of woman born" and "shall never vanquish'd be, until / Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane
hill, / Shall come against him"--has "falsely" encouraged him, and led him to this fatal encounter with Macduff.
We witness mass departures from Macbeth's residences--the royal court escorting Duncan's corpse to its place of burial in an exodus from Inverness, Macbeth's thanes defecting from the tyrant at Dunsinane
, to be followed by the wholesale flight of the royal household from the same castle.
Yet after a brief role in the Disney TV series Life Bites, he seemed to have got his first big break when the Royal Shakespeare Company asked him to join the cast of the play Dunsinane
The forests of Scotland, from the trees surrounding Dunsinane
Studying various sites of invasion and habitation in the play, including the Scottish wilderness inhabited by the witches, the castles of Inverness and Forres that serve as homes to the Macbeths, and the fortified watchtower of Dunsinane
, the chapter traces the inability of architecture, specifically of walled-in, domestic spaces, consistently to protect inhabitants from themselves or the world outside.
, and the eight kings in Banquo's wake.
He will never be defeated until Birnam Wood goes to Dunsinane
Rushdie came up with The Elsinore Vacillation (Hamlet), The Dunsinane
Deforestation (Macbeth), The Kerchief Implication (Othello), The Rialto Forfeit (The Merchant of Venice) The Capulet Infatuation (Romeo and Juliet), and The Solstice Entrancement (Midsummer Night's Dream).
In five acts, the sporting ambition of one Andy Macbeth is played out over a soccer season in the shadow of the brooding Dunsinane