Ace Scottish actress Siobhan Redmond has been attracting rave reviews for her star turn in a sequel to Macbeth, currently playing at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. Written by David Greig and directed by Roxana Silbert, Dunsinane is a political satire with contemporary resonance, concerning an English army’s occupation of Scotland following the death of its tyrannical king. To quote the official website: “Attempting to restore peace and put in place a new ruler, the commanding officer is beset by a brutal guerrilla uprising and simmering discontent amongst his own inexperienced troops. Struggling to grasp the alien customs and politics of this harsh country, he finds himself drawn towards the tyrant’s powerful widow in search of someone to share his burden of responsibility. Increasingly isolated from his own men and Scottish allies alike, his efforts to restore order appear futile as the situation spins out of control. David Greig’s exhilarating play is a vision of one man’s attempt to restore peace in a country ravaged by war.” Redmond plays the role of the widowed ‘Gruach’ (aka “Lady Macbeth”), and plays it very well by all accounts:
“…Over all looms Redmond’s strong, sensual Gruach… It is through her performance that the [commander’s] failures are laid bare.” – The Stage
“…The sensational Redmond… her fiery red mane a danger signal for anyone who comes near her…” – STV
“…A mesmerising and memorable creation: she exudes seductive power behind restrained strength in a regal performance which dominates the stage whenever she appears.” – Edinburgh Spotlight
“…Played with a dazzling womanly strength and brilliance…” – The Scotsman
UPDATE (29/5/11): A play so nice, they reviewed it twice!
“…Puts in a fantastic performance as the quietly ruthless, red-haired Gruach.” – The Scotsman (again)
Dunsinane is at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, until 4 June, and at the Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, from 7-11 June.