The trees are just…actors

March 20, 2010

Last week I had the pleasure to interview the lovely and talented Maev Beaty and Allyson McMackon for this story in the Toronto Star about Theatre Rusticle‘s new show, Birnam Wood, a sort of retelling of MacBeth told from the perspective of the trees.

I’m normally wary of movement-based theatre (I’ve been subject to a lot of bad modern dance – you know, the sort of thing that is more accurately described as flailing, without meaning, or merit, or music), but Theatre Rusticle does wonderful, accessible work. They excel at telling a story through movement, with enormous charm and humour, but with emotional depth as well. I haven’t seen Birnam Wood yet (next week!), but I did get a look at the set during our interview, and it’s pretty great.

2 Responses to “The trees are just…actors”


  1. Ha ha ha… thank you! The Kindersurprise robot is actually playing in the model box for A New Brain, which was an Acting Up Stage show I did last year. Really, that’s the only reason to keep old model boxes around. 🙂

    Thanks again for the tv that makes subtitles legible!

    I hope you enjoy the show!

  2. Alison Says:

    Mister Bungee!

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