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Dunsinane

February 26

March 22, 2015

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by David Greig
directed by Roxana Silbert
from the National Theatre of Scotland
and Royal Shakespeare Company

Critical Acclaim


"Imaginative and ferociously topical…you recognize the saga in terms of our knotty 21st-century conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The scale is classical, with acting to match, especially in the majestic, subtle central performances by Redmond, D’Silva and Donald. You hardly need to brush up on your Shakespeare to see that the peacekeeping and nation-building of “Dunsinane” has no end of resonance here and now."


"A theatrical marvel…It’s original and raw, imaginatively staged, powerfully enacted by an ensemble cast, and, freakishly in some ways, as sharp and horrific as the morning headlines. The playwright means for us to think about our times—this is a play about conquest and invasion, strangers in a very strange land, the inability in a hit and run war of atrocities on both sides in which neither side understands the other. "


"This story is as beautiful as it is thought-provoking, and is guaranteed to turn your imperial world upside down. Meet Gruach, aka. Lady Macbeth, played with dazzling power by Siobhan Redmond. Siward, played with an earthy swagger by Darrell D’Silva, meets Gruach as he and his motley crew of soldiers enter the castle Siward and Gruach’s scenes together are a master class in incredible acting, a seemingly effortless give and take that sweeps through the auditorium, leaving each viewer in utter belief. Roxana Silbert directs the excellent cast and production team to shimmering effect, as we are offered a fascinating mix of comic situations, rooted in a foreigner’s misunderstanding of the Other’s world, and gut-wrenchingly heartbreaking results."


"     …an irresolvable drama about an irresolvable conflict—a work of compelling intelligence, provocation and wit."


"     Instead of being an intriguing exercise in reimagining history, the play becomes the frankly thrilling spectacle of one of the country's leading writers using its biggest stage as the great public forum of debate…If it's riveting spectacle, challenging ideas and human drama you want, this is the show to see."


"A powerful, relevant and fascinating production."


"     [Writer David] Greig combines a clever, richly enjoyable bourgeois update of history with a strand of dark, beautiful poetry that disturbs the soul; and also a use of the Gaelic language that hints at a whole surviving Scottish culture just beneath the surface of the play, and beyond the grasp of the invaders…"

Edinburgh Evening News
"      There's a breathtaking intensity to the dialogue that accompanies Gruach's seductive hold over Siward, whose own growing vulnerability mirrors that of the young inexperienced soldiers who are beginning to question their purpose in this unforgiving land.

David Greig's writing is both funny and poignant throughout…Beautifully paced, engrossing drama."


"     A slow-burning and profound meditation on life in a land occupied and overseen by some misguided force that can only end in a stubbornly personal war of attrition…
Dunsinane is a play rich in ideas and metaphor that lays bare the loyalties, betrayals and complexities of politics enough to aspire to state of the nation status. Whose nation, however, is anybody's guess."

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