As part of our drama venue sponsorship at Norwich Theatre Royal, I was invited for a behind the scenes look at Macbeth before their opening night last night. I loved it!
I was so impressed by the set itself. The production manager explained how difficult it was to make brand new materials look old, decayed and torn by the war.
As you can tell by some of the photos below, a lot of hard work went into every element of the set from the smallest of props to the biggest to create this effect.
The production manager explained that Norwich Theatre Royal is one of the smallest venues they have performed at, but she feels that the set was made perfectly to fit into this theatre space in particular.
Another amazing concept this production has is the variety of accents running through the performance. This was done purposely to keep the modern feel to the production. The production manager went on to say that the variety of accents make the production feel more relatable, especially to the younger audience as they feel more connected to the performance.
Overall it was a great tour of the set.
It was also really nice to see the actors warming up and some of the techniques they used for vocal projection. I noticed they began with the 'receive and pass' technique to connect with each other and bring the energy levels up. Perhaps this is a technique we can apply to the start of our days in the workplace!
The National Theatre's Macbeth is the latest production in Hatch Brenner's continuing drama venue sponsorship at Norwich Theatre Royal. It is running until Saturday 3 November. Tickets are available via the box office at the theatre.