Macbeth @ The Crypt – Press Release

 

Patrons: John Caird & Dame Harriet Walter

 

If you can look into the seeds of time

And say which grain will grow and which will not

Speak then to me

Baz Productions is delighted to announce the company’s inaugural project:

Macbeth 

at the Crypt of St Andrew, Holborn

18th October to 5th November 2011

7.30pm Tuesday-Saturday and 3pm Saturdays

Live Music and Bar from 6pm daily

Press Night – Thursday 20th October 2011

Baz Productions breathes new life into Macbeth whilst honouring the verse of this classic text. Hidden in the underground crypt of St Andrew, Holborn, Baz play the text and the ‘game’ like new. A small company of actors work to immerse the audience in a unique experience in a performance space like no other, swapping roles and locations as the story unfurls. Influenced by the sporting world, Baz aspires to make theatre that holds the tension and power of a sporting event. We see the focus of a highly trained athlete single-mindedly using every inch of their training to reach their goal. We see the fans of all ages that passionately support, defend and adore their teams. Baz uses this focus as our inspiration.

Macbeth, arguably one of Shakespeare’s leanest plays, still bursts with poetic and stirring text. The story of political conspiracy and violent uprising has never seemed more relevant.

The atmospheric Crypt, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, makes a stunning and flexible performance space. With its shadowy bays and crumbling architecture the tale seeps out of the walls as the story is retold every evening, enhanced by the distinctive lighting design of Paul Biver. Previous commissions include BBC, IPC publishing, Dennis and Bauer Media.

Macbeth marks a culmination of two years development to create a unique approach to text that embraces the rejection of inevitability. We put a well-trained team into a space and watch them stay in the moment, empowering the audience to actively engage in the event.

Sarah Bedi will make her directorial debut with this production. Sarah’s work as an actress includes Harold Pinter’s The Late Middle Classes by Simon Gray, and Dominic Hill’s The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain for ETT, Belgrade and the Traverse (Best Ensemble, CATS awards). Television work includes Andrew Davies’ Affinity for ITV. Company actors hold credits ranging from The Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, BBC, and Young Vic to name a few.

“It is so heartening that every generation throws up new young theatre professionals driven by passion…I am happy to support Baz at this exciting stage of their development and have every trust that they will continue to create work that we all want to see.” Dame Harriet Walter 

LISTINGS INFORMATION – MACBETH

The Crypt: The Crypt (North Side of Church), St Andrew Church, Holborn Viaduct, London EC4 3AB

Dates: Tuesday 18th October 2011 – Saturday 5th November 2011, Tuesday-Saturday 7.30pm, plus 3pm Matinee on Saturday’s only.  Doors open for music and bar from 6pm daily.

Tickets: Full Price: £12 per person. Concessions: £10 per person.

Tickets and information:  booking line: 08444 771000 Group Booking line: 08448 449990 or http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/macbethcrypt

Nearest Tube: Central Line to Chancery Lane (exit 3) / Circle and Metropolitan Lines to Farringdon

Nearest Rail: Thameslink to City Thameslink / Farringdon / Blackfriars

Bus: Routes: 8, 17, 25, 45, 46, 575, 674, 521

Parking: NCP at the corner of Shoe Lane. Unrestricted street parking after 18.30 and on Saturday afternoons. No parking on site.

CAST:

Scott Brooksbank – Scott’s Theatre credits include; Hamlet, The Seagull, Round 2, Cymbeline, As You Like It (The Factory), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Jagged Fence), 3rd Ring Out (Metis Arts), Now is the Hour (Hill St theatre, Edinburgh), Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre), The Proposal, The Bear, The Bald Prima Donna, The Misanthrope (Sevenoaks Playhouse), The Disappearance (Terror 2006 at The Union), Robin Hood, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors (Creation Theatre Co., Oxford), Question Mark (Odd Sok Productions), Clean (Terror 2005 at The Union), Moonjourney (Pleasance, Edinburgh), Take Two (Upstairs At The Gatehouse), Soldiers, Happy Family (Finborough Theatre), Treasure Island (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Electra, Peribanez (Cambridge Arts Theatre), A Paradise For Exiles (British Embassy, Rome), Springtime (Theatre Europe), Lost In Peru (Camden People’s Theatre), Hamlet (European Theatre Group), Laundry (Etcetera Theatre), Theseus & The Minotaur (Moveable Feast). Television includes Seven (Phil McIntyre Productions). Scott was the winner of the BBC Radio Carleton Hobbs Award in 2002, and his numerous radio credits include; Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Brideshead Revisited, The Tears Of War, Maigret, Blue Veils & Golden Sands, Peeling Figs For Julius, Stalingrad Kiss (All BBC), The Anonymous Venetian (Pier Productions).

Lucy Bruegger – Lucy trained at Drama Centre and on graduating toured Twelfth Night around India playing Maria. Since then she has worked in theatre, film and T.V. Recent credits include British feature film Random 11  due for release at the end of the year, as well as a modern retelling of Madam Butterfly produced by the Royal Albert Hall. 

Ffion Jolly – Ffion Jolly trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She can currently be seen in the first episode of Timedancer, a new app for the recently launched Microsoft Windows 7 Phone. Theatre credits include: Richard II, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory), Auricular (Theatre 503), Othello (Creation Theatre Company), The Elephant in the Room (Wimbledon Theatre), Basura, Race For Paradise (INCA, Southwark Playhouse). Film credits include Photo (Gonzo Films) O Romeo, Romeo (Paul Purnell films).

Geoff Lumb – Geoff’s theatre credits includes: Chekhov In Hell (Soho Theatre/Drum Theatre Plymouth); Romeo and Juliet (AFTLS); Rendezvous With Fear (Fitzrovia Radio Hour); His Dark Materials I and II (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Rendition Monologues (Ice and Fire); The Changeling (English Touring Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, King John, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, Shrew, The American Pilot (RSC); Hansel and Gretel (Northampton Theatre Royal); Twelfth Night (English Touring Theatre). TV credits includes: Luther (BBC); Europe’s Secret Armies (Discovery).

Katherine Newman – Since graduating from Drama school Katherine has performed in Television, Film and Theatre in both the UK and overseas. A taste of her credits include; Television: Locked Up Abroad; Betrayed in Ecuador. In Film; Heim, And The Colours Are Like Summer, and Once Upon A Time. Stage credits include; Anabella in Tis Pity She’s A Whore at The Globe Theatre, Rossignol in Mater/Sade at The Gateway, and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at The Byre Theatre. Katherine regularly works as a voice over artist in the UK and Ireland.

 

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