Macca and Beth
Royal Court, Liverpool
WITH the odd reference to Macbeth (the play no one should mention) Macca and Beth gets off to spooky start.
Macca and Beth turn up at a remote Scottish highland ruin of a place owned by Macca’s eccentric uncle, to be met with the usual crazy characters found in any Agatha Christie type play.
This is more of where is it than a whodunnit as the characters look for the treasure promised if they stay in the house overnight.
Despite having to suffer the cold, a shotgun carrying Angus, escaped convict Barry the Hatchet and whiskey swilling Morag, the couple survive till the midnight hour when the will is read and the fun really starts.
It’s a cold and windy night in the highlands of Scotland even though it’s June and with plenty of haunting sound effects and fake snow, we are taken on a very funny journey until, of course, all is revealed and Macca and Beth get their fortune.
It makes quite a change to see a play at the Royal Court not placed in Merseyside, and the set design looks quite traditional with an open fire and stags heads, until later when the false walls and revolving doors start to make the action more of a farce than a play.
There was a couple of new faces on stage for this production, one being Gordon Kane, well known from his TV work including Coronation Street, Doctors and Heartbeat. Karen Young played the part of Miss Glass, the violin playing solicitor’s clerk, who was sent along to make sure Macca and Beth stay the night.
Danny O’Brien as Macca and Emma Bispham as Beth are Royal Court regulars and together with other new faces Jamie Smelt, Jerome Ngonadi and Andrea Miller the cast do a good job with a new play written by Gerry Linford.
Unlike many Royal Court productions set in Merseyside. I can see this one being performed in other venues, as it does not rely on too many local references to make it funny.
Another good night at the Royal.