Lady Macbeth, Queen of Scotland

Lady Macbeth, Queen of Scotland


The story

We are in Scotland, in a room in Dunsinane castle. Lady Macbeth has just taken her own life. It is the moment of Acte V scene V in the famous Shakespearian tragedy commonly known as ‘The Scottish play’. Her husband’s fate will be sealed in seven and a half pages, that is how the bard wrote it ! And that is the time Lady Macbeth has to tell us how they got into such a pickle!

The spectre of Lady Macbeth is sitting at a table with the three wierd sisters. She takes us to the heath and from there moves through the Scottish play with a very personal point of view.

The power of the invisible. The guilt and torment. Shadow bows to the service of the dramaturgy; the set becomes the experimentation ground for the manipulation of objects and the spoken word… Shakespearian of course!


Director’s Notes

I discovered Shakespeare as a teenager studying English Literature for my A levels, I love this play and always have but was ever fearful of the ‘curse’ and so never dared put it on stage! In 2013, I was in Edinburgh having my portrait taken for the Puppet Festival in Charleville! We decided to go to the top of Arthur’s seat for the photo session.

It’s from the top of that hill that it all started. A red veil falls into my hands. With the wind and rain as playmates the manipulation begins. This blood red veil changes shape, becomes alive at the summit of Arthur’s seat – the mountain overlooking Edinburgh – a woman appears: Lady Macbeth. From where I stand, I see everything.

The blood, the castle, the wind and the rain. What more to ask as inspiration … and then it becomes obvious: I have to tell her story.

William Shakespeare lived and worked during the Elizabethan period in England. Queen Elisabeth the first reined from 1558 until 1603. This was a dangerous period full of political intrigues, assassinations and murders. Shakespeare wrote ‘Macbeth’ in 1606, three years after the death of Queen Elisabeth I and very early in the rein of James I , the son of Mary Stewart, know previously James VI of Scotland. I want to explore the historical and literary links of the era and show how Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ is a mirror of this bloody era.


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A show suitable for 13 years and up wards
Acting – shadow theatre – object theatre
Performance length – 65 minutes

Written and directed by : Colette Garrigan
Director’s assistant : Laura Muller
Performed by : Colette Garrigan
Dramaturgy : Pauline Thimonnier
Set builder : Sylvain Diamand
Shadow & object theatre : Colette Garrigan & Laura Muller
Acting direction : Jean-Louis Heckel
Mouvement : Claire Heggen
Sound universe : Antoine Quoniam et Nicolas Trischler
Lighting : Olivier Bourguignon / Jérôme Houles
Sound technician : Antoine Quoniam
Photos : Virginie Meigné
Audience capacity: 120 to 180 people
Stage space: 8m x 8m – Height 3,5m
Total blackout required.


Production : Association Cie Akselere
Coproductions : Espace Jean Vilar à Ifs, Théâtre Le Passage à Fécamp, L’Archipel à Granville and le Théâtre Municipal de Coutances

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