Preview: SUDS chance Macbeth jinx with next Macrobert production

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As far as Shakespearean plays go, Macbeth is one of the most famous and most liked productions. It’s been done in theatres across the world, with casts of varying fame and now Stirling University Drama Society (fondly referred to as SUDS) is bringing it to Stirling’s Macrobert stage.

It’s the first time since 2020, with their production of The Picture of Dorian Greythat the society is staging a play on Macrobert’s Mainhouse stage.

Why Macbeth?

Despite the unlucky lore surrounding the Scottish play, co-director Melissa Malcolm told Brig why SUDS are welcoming the task: “Macbeth is definitely challenging SUDS to break out of their comfort zone and take risks.”

“SUDS wants to show that Macbeth is really fun. We want to emphasise how dark, twisted, and exciting Macbeth is. It has a lot more humour than most would imagine!” 

“We are preparing a lot of fake blood for the performance so…it’s not for the weak-hearted.”

Malcolm expressed her gratitude at having her friend, Shani Doudet, as co-director, and how Macbeth will help them support both SUDS and their futures: “We both want to work in the creative arts, particularly theatre, and so we take our plays very seriously.”

“This performance is really exciting for us. We understand how important these experiences can be for our SUDS members – and for us.”

“We want to make sure our direction can allow our cast to realise how talented they really are!”

A play full of firsts

Malcolm and Doudet are both long-time members of SUDS but neither has ever directed before.

Discussing her delight and nerves at her directorial debut, Malcolm told Brig, “directing always felt like an overly intimidating task. However, as I’m in my final year of studies at Stirling, I realised I would always regret never trying my hand at directing.”

This is a play full of firsts for SUDS.

Discussing the cast, Malcolm told Brig that it is largely made up of new SUDS members. She was clearly impressed by their effort.

“Debuting on the Mainstage is a big deal. We are unbelievably excited for our Macbeth (Oliver O’Hare) and our Lady Macbeth (Lucie Muller). They have already been wowing us in rehearsals. We can’t wait to see them shine on stage as one of the most unhinged couples in any written story.”

SUDS and their massive 17-person cast with 23 characters are sure to put on a spectacle. Macbeth will be worth seeing this spring.

Tickets

Macbeth will be showing on April 4 and 5 at the Macrobert theatre. Tickets are available here.

This interview is edited and condensed.

Feature Image Credit: Stirling University Drama Society

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