PICTURE SPECIAL: Pair set to bring Bard’s work to park

A PAIR of actresses from South Tyneside are aiming to do the Bard justice when they star in a production of Macbeth.

Kylie Ann Ford and Rachael Walsh will be appearing in “the Scottish play” later this week.

'INTERESTING EXPERIENCE' ...  South Tyneside actresses Kylie Ann Ford and Rachael Walsh are starring in an outdoor performance of Macbeth.

'INTERESTING EXPERIENCE' ... South Tyneside actresses Kylie Ann Ford and Rachael Walsh are starring in an outdoor performance of Macbeth.

The Theatre Space North East outdoor production takes place in Roker Park, Sunderland, from Thursday to Saturday.

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is thought to have been written some time between 1599 and 1606.

The tragedy tells the story of a Scottish general, named Macbeth, who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that he will become the King of Scotland.

Consumed by ambition and egged on by his wife, he murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself, but is then wracked with guilt and paranoia.

Kylie, 26, from South Shields, is starring as Lady Macbeth.

She said: “It’s really brilliant to have the opportunity to play a serious part, especially one that’s such a renowned Shakespearean character.

“It’s a real honour and I just hope I can do it justice.

“It’s nice that the show is outside because I think Shakespeare really lends itself to the most interesting places and it’s always a brilliant experience.

“The show is a little shorter than usual but it’s a brilliantly abridged version. There’s no interval but it will still hold the audience’s attention the whole time.”

Rachael, who also lives in South Shields, is playing multiple roles, including the witch who delivers the prophecy to Macbeth.

The 24-year-old said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be part of this production. I always look forward to working with Theatre Space North East.

“It’s been great meeting and working with lots of new and different people, as well as some familiar faces.

“I love Shakespeare and just think that there’s no other experience like it. When you see Shakespeare performed well, it’s just magical.”

The girls also have their own theatre company, Generic Girl Productions.

Rachael, originally from East Boldon, added: “It’s been particularly great working with Jacob Anderton, who is playing Macbeth, as he’s starring in our first full-length comedy The Morning After next year.

“I think the whole cast is just excited to get in front of an audience now. We can’t wait.”

Macbeth runs in Roker Park, Sunderland from Thursday to Saturday, at 7pm each evening.

Admission is free but with a suggestion donation of £7.

For more information, go to www.theatrespace.org.uk

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