When a witch turns into Macduff

Last night we saw an excellent school production of a scaled-down Macbeth. (I’m not a luvvie so there’ll be no “Scottish play” nonsense from me).

It was an excellent production – flawlessly presented with some inspiring performances. It’s a challenging play but these Year 9 students flawlessly presented their lines.

It was a delight to see a boy playing one of three witches. All of the witches were just dressed in black T shirts and trousers. So, it was a bit weird hearing the boy being referred to as “sister”. But it worked beautifully – trust me.

What was even stranger was that the boy witch then got hold of a sword and starting fighting with Macbeth. That one threw me. Try as I might, I couldn’t recall that one in our Bill’s original script.

Subsequent questioning revealed that the same boy played one of the witches and Macduff, without any costume change.

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