…Getting a buzz going about a show is difficult at the best of times but during a festival with so much on offer and when nobody has seen your show takes some doing. Hats off then to the team from the Music and Drama Theatre; I have rarely experienced such eager anticipation. It was not misplaced. This was a stunning performance.
The Music and Drama Theatre was largely destroyed by fire and the stage and auditorium is no more than a burnt out shell, so performances take place now in what was once the foyer. Clearly, it was a grand theatre because the foyer itself can now hold an open stage and an audience on two levels. For this production Doiashvili dispensed with the lower level and built the stage up to the height of the ‘circle’ so the front row was on a level with the stage, separated by a chasm of some seven meters depth and about five meters width. The staging was truly spectacular and at times terrifying with images I’ll never forget. From the opening this was clearly going to be a different production: the witches were omnipresent and appeared from nowhere; Duncan, so often an almost kindly old gent, is revealed as a monstrous tyrant who tortures his own lieutenants and family for pleasure (and when you think about it, he’d have to be a bit of a tyrant to retain the crown in those times); brutality is everywhere. But the real credit has to go to Lord and Lady Macbeth. Tornike Gogrichiani, still a third-year student at the Rustaveli Theatre University, gave a commanding performance and Nana Kalatozishvili, such a cool and controlled performance of repressed passion in Lady With a Dog, lets passion rip in this production. The two of them, like some medieval Bonny and Clyde, cling to each other in death at the end, hanging precariously on a stage that has tilted to an angle of 45degrees with a sheer drop to the ground some twenty feet below…”
Director of NFA International Arts and Culture