1. This is a rough cut of early thinking towards Birnam Wood supported by Arts Council England and the RSC. It frames subsequent further work I have done that combines text work on the original script with the idea of sisterhood as an improvised frame. I continue to interrogate this work and hope eventually to realise it somehow.

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  2. The Session is part of Carran Waterfield’s Birnam Wood project (a ‘wyrd’ recounting of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth) devised and performed by 3rd Year BA (Hons) students from the University of Manchester Drama Dept. with facilitation by Carran Waterfield.

    Birnam Wood was originally developed in association with the RSC in Stratford in 2010 funded by Arts Council England and an RSC studio development award.

    This 2013 project is a reframing of the original material; a further development of the work and the fifth in a series of projects relating to an exploration of Shakespeare’s Macbeth from a feminine perspective.

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  3. Scratchy early thinking on an ecological interpretation of Birnam Wood using some of the Shakespeare Text in a response to a photographic walk around Hesketh Park, Southport. This film draws on some of the other performance studies I have done including extracts from The Feast and musical stimulus from all studies towards the project to date. The film was used to stimulate work on The Session and comes after the work on The Feast, The Hoarse Raven and the work at the RSC studio.

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  4. Beastly Beauties was a devised work I created with University of Birmingham Final Year Drama Students (2004/5). This piece was the starting point for what has become my yet to be finished Birnam Wood Project. In this first sketch of ideas I started with mythology, fairytales, Paula Rego paintings, grandmas, tree study and the idea of a society of women - The Tree Society. I later developed and directed the same work with Kindle Theatre (now Kiln Ensemble). It became Kindle's first Edinburgh show attracting some strong reviews for the work and for this new company I helped establish made up of graduates from the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts who worked on Beastly Beauties with me.

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  5. Devised work with BA students at Brooksby Melton: explorations using Macbeth as a driver.

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Making Birnam Wood

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Birnam Wood is a work in progress (2004-present)

Here are the various versions so far under the banner: The Birnam Wood Project.

Birnam Wood is an interpretation of Shakespeare's Macbeth that is personal and particular to me.
I have been developing…


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Birnam Wood is a work in progress (2004-present)

Here are the various versions so far under the banner: The Birnam Wood Project.

Birnam Wood is an interpretation of Shakespeare's Macbeth that is personal and particular to me.
I have been developing this work consciously since 2004. It became a formally funded exploration in 2010 as part of an RSC Studio Development award along with support from the Arts Council. Since then it has been further developed in different guises within educational settings from Primary School level to Undergraduate level.

I hope to finally bring the piece to fruition in whatever way is possible.

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