From: Rose Legg, Knights Meadow, Battle
I got two of the last three tickets to see Bowler Crab’s production of Macbeth in the Abbot’s Hall at Battle Abbey on November 2.
It was my “O” level text many years ago and I still remembered parts of it having had it drummed in my head.
I was initially slightly disappointed when I saw it was being played by four characters taking several roles and I wondered how the witches would work when they were only credited to one actor. However we got the three witches in all but one scene who were weird and compelling.
I did have to refer to the programme at times to work out who was playing which role, but they did it well, no slips and we watched a steady and well acted progression to the bloodthirsty end. William Osbeldiston-Hawkes played a marvellous porter involving members of the audience without spoiling the whole. While his portrayal of the dead Banquo was superb.
Macbeth is not a fun evening’s entertainment but is a depiction of corrupt power that sadly has echoes today. This was an excellent production and I should like to congratulate the entire company for bringing it for a second time to Battle so more of us could see it.