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

There are four performers, two (one Deaf and one hearing) playing each role. We are most interested in finding theatrical languages, physical and vocal, signed and spoken, to crack open the inner world of each character and their relationship with themselves and 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.

We hope to create the full production in 2019.

Creative team:

Macbeth - Oliver Alvin-Wilson & Stephen Collins (also developed with Sandy Grierson)

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

Director - Jennifer K. Bates

Lighting Designer - Rachel Sampley (also developed with Clancy Flynn)

British Sign Language / Visual Vernacular Consultant - Brian Duffy

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

Producers - Erin Siobhan Hutching & Jennifer K. Bates

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