The DH Ensemble’s retelling of Macbeth


Distilled to the story of its two central characters, our bilingual retelling of Macbeth shows a couple’s journey through shared ambition and love into isolation, madness and torment. It is claustrophobic and forensic with barely room to breathe. 

Double cast, with two performers (one Deaf and one hearing) playing each role, we discover languages - physical and vocal, signed and spoken - to crack open the inner world of each character and their relationship with one another.

The DH Ensemble’s development of Macbeth has been supported by Arts Council England, National Theatre Studio, The Barbican / The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, New Wolsey Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Poplar Union.

Expressions of interest in booking the full show for 2019/2020 are welcome at info (at) thedeafandhearingensemble.com


Macbeth - Oliver Alvin-Wilson & Stephen Collins (developed with Sandy Grierson and Nadeem Islam)

Lady Macbeth- Sophie Stone & Erin Siobhan Hutching (developed with Vilma Jackson)

Creative Team:

Director - Jennifer K. Bates

Lighting Designer - Rachel Sampley (developed with Clancy Flynn)

British Sign Language / Visual Vernacular Consultant - Brian Duffy

Shakespeare Consultant / Dramaturg - Ben Spiller (1623 Theatre Company)

Producer - Erin Siobhan Hutching

Photography and Videography - David Monteith-Hodge

Special thanks to sign language interpreters Clare Edwards, Susan Booth, Naomi Bottrill, Tracey Tyer, Naomi Gray, Kate Furby, Beverley Wilson, Paul Michaels

Feedback from our sharing at National Theatre Studio, October 2018

“A rubik’s cube of Shakespearean storytelling and psychological evaluation. It was powerful to see accessible work been explored with such integrity, muscularity and a strive for artistic excellence.” Matt Harrison, Resident Director NT Studio

“The best Macbeth I have ever seen in a research and development sharing” - Deaf actor Jean St Clair on the sharing at National Theatre Studio

“The switching around between the characters was wonderful and fluid. It was so great to see Deaf and hearing actors working well together rather than being quite separate. A wonderful ensemble ethos.” Stuart Allen, Senior Producer, Derby Theatre


All images by David Monteith-Hodge