I went to see Matthew Dunster’s fantastic production of Macbeth at The Royal Exchange in Manchester this week. Having not read Shakespeare for some years I was slightly worried that I wouldn’t understand what was going on, however the play’s themes of brutality and betrayal came across very strongly with the modern-day war time setting.
The director was very brave to portray such extreme violence on stage and the overall effect was quite upsetting, but also left me in awe of the actors and the story itself. The play has a tremendous power that is more relevant than ever today.
It surprised me how shocked I was, when normally I can sit through horror films, gun battles on TV and all sorts! It made me think about how desensitised we must be getting towards violence and how far removed we are from war – we constantly hear about brutalities and murders through the news but with our blinkers up we often just flick past it.
There is still a war in Afghanistan and every soldier’s death is dutifully reported, however this is often moved further back in the paper depending on whether there is a celebrity story to be featured that would sell more copies.
Do we need to wake up a bit more to the horrors going on in the world?
By Emma Trimble, Account Manager