VoiceMag Collaboration

Here at Iris Theatre we’re lucky to work in a diverse environment where we get to meet and connect with all kinds of creative people. Today’s guest blog post is written by one of our many Front of House Volunteers, whose love of writing is just one of many talents.

Joanna Bailey is a Fine Art, Media and English student keen to pursue her artistic passions through blogging. Look out for her Gold Arts Award blog, currently in progress, which is due to launch in a couple of weeks. It will feature everything from her reviews, experiences and an insight into her work. Until then, keep up with her on Pinterest for a bit of artistic inspiration.

The below piece is taken from a review Joanna posted on VoiceMag. The original blog post can be viewed here.

The 10th Anniversary Production of Macbeth and My Front of House Experience

As someone who is also naturally inspired by film, arts, and media, I work as a front-of-house Iris Theatre volunteer, where I’m required to usher audiences, assist with queries, box office and promotion, and the delivery of performances. Currently, I’m volunteering in the St Paul’s Actors Church Summer Macbeth show – the theatre group’s intensely passionate adaptation of William Shakespeare’s psychological tragedy.

The dark mournful tragedy tells the story of the respected Scottish general and King Macbeth. With the spiritual support of the prophetic witches (personified as bugs and symbols of decay and corruption in the 2017 Iris Theatre adaptation) and the sadistic Lady Macbeth (performed amazingly by Mogali Masuku), we follow Macbeth’s murderous intent to seize the throne. It is a bloodbath of insanity, destruction, and arrogance.

Complete with dark surreal imagery, we see an original colourful interpretation of the usually grim Shakespeare play. The Iris Theatre delivers a newly interactive West End theatre environment as we move with the scenes, absorbed in the enigmatic scene changes and production. Following the spiritual Scottish landscape of Macbeth, personified beautifully by the set design of Alice Channon, we are completely overwhelmed by the corrupting power of unchecked ambition, tyranny, clouded hallucinations, and blood.

We witness the oppressive mental landscape of Macbeth (directed by Daniel Winder). Consumed by ambition, pride, and self-deprecation, David Hywel Baynes’s strikingly emotive performance takes a turn from valour to something irrevocably destructive and fevered. He embraces the tragic tension within Macbeth’s character, convincingly succumbing to despair and senselessness. It’s really incredible. We are immersed in his violence, his air of ferocity and fatal confidence. Plagued by his own wrongdoings, he separates himself entirely from morality and as he wins in combat, he also falls. David’s performance is amazingly passionate and menacing, a grand follow-up from his Offie-nominated performance in 2014′s Iris production of Richard III.

If you think you have something relevant to contribute to the Iris Theatre blog this summer please don’t hesitate to contact Alissa at development@iristheatre.com.