"Macbeth"

Written by William Shakespeare
Produced by Mr G.Cooksey

Tuesday December 6th to Friday December 9th 1955

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(Above from WGS scrapbook)
Don Stratton: The first mention of a certain David Frost (subsequently to reach international fame in the world of television) came in a report on four performances of Macbeth in December 1955 in which he took the part of Banquo and, in addition, was the assistant to the producer Mr Cooksey. The report went on to say that “Banquo was ably played by D P Frost”. He quickly made his mark in School drama, and in the house drama competition in April 1957 he was the producer of the Stags play, in which he also played a part. David left the school in that year.
The Dramatic Society presented four performances of "Macbeth" in December last. It was a brave choice of play, in view of the limitations of the School stage, and it is a great tribute to the skill and enthusiasm of Mr. Cooksey and his cast that the production was of such a high standard.

Throughout the play, the emphasis was, rightly, on the forces of evil that led Macbeth to destruction, and particularly on the malevolence of the witches. These weird creatures were played most convincingly by D. Roberts, B. Woods, and J. Garley. Their cavern scene was extremely impressive.

The part of Macbeth was ably taken by J. Betts. This young actor has a good voice, and plenty of "attack", and his portrayal of a great man struggling with forces beyond his control was a moving one.

It is a difficult task for a boy to play Lady Macbeth, and J. Wilson deserves praise for a thoughtful interpretation, especially in the sleepwalking scene. His diction throughout the play was most pleasing, well modulated and perfectly audible.

Banquo was ably played by D. P. Frost , who was also assistant producer, and other important roles were capably undertaken by G. S. Regis (Macduff), S. H. Fox (Malcolm), and R. O. Knight (Duncan).

Mr. Goodman and his helpers are to be congratulated upon an effective set, as are Mr. Huddart on the skilful lighting effects, and Mr. Riach on "sounds". Special mention must be made of the background music, most skilfully chosen, which helped to give atmosphere to the play.

In conclusion, a word of appreciation to all those others, both on stage and behind the scenes, who have not been mentioned by name, but who contributed so much to the success of the play. A great deal of hard work went into this production and the result was a triumph of team-work. E.P.B.

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(WGS Magazines)
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