This weekend, St Mary DeCrypt Church has the honour of hosting two nights of Downpour Theatre Company’s latest production of Macbeth. For our blog, Sarah Cullyer shares how the company decided showcase their version one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most enduring tragedies across the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area, and what it’s been like using the church as a play venue for the first time.
We are so excited to be bringing Macbeth to the church of St Mary DeCrypt as part of our autumn tour. Our director first fell in love with Shakespeare and Macbeth, when he played Macduff in a production at school, and this year he finally has the chance to direct his vision of the play.
Macbeth is a dark psychological thriller, which is as relevant today as it was the day it was written. The central plot of Macbeth focuses around how ambition and greed, can corrupt the mind; something we still see reflected far too readily in today’s society and politics. Through the use of language and poetry of unsurpassed beauty, Shakespeare has created a timeless classic, which still has the power to awe its audiences 400 years after it was written.
Promotional photos from the production (credit: Sarah Cullyer)
We started looking for venues to stage Macbeth at the beginning of the year, and when we stumbled across DeCrypt we knew we had found something special. From the first moment we set foot in the church we were blown away by how breathtaking beautiful it is and by all the wonderful history surrounding the building. I remember a chill going down my spine as I imagine how special it would be to perform in such a place.
That magical feeling that we first felt entering the building has not subsided, and after spending Wednesday night in DeCrypt preparing the lights for the show, we cannot wait to perform there this weekend. For an actor, it is such a privilege to be able to perform in such a beautiful, atmospheric building, with so much history. We hope we can do the text and the location justice, and that the audience will go away as in awe as we are.
– – Sarah
Tickets are £12 for adults and £10 for concessions, with limited tickets are still available for Friday (25th) and Saturday (26th) from www.ticketsource.co.uk/downpour-theatre-company.