Mark R. Bannister
Orchestral & Instrumental
for Film, TV & Theatre
the hour run through the roughest day."
The houselights begin to fade, out
of the dimness you can hear a battlefield all around you getting
louder and louder. It's now pitch black and screeching violins are
piercing the battle sounds sending shivers down your spine. Smoke
appears on the murky stage, and as the music climaxes, roughly
clad warriors with huge broadswords swell out onto stage in sword
fights that are punctuated by a heart-pounding underscore. As the
battle ends, the lights fade once more, thunder rolls, and eerie
sounds and whispering voices fill the auditorium ready for the
appearance of the three witches.
Combining three-dimensional sound
and musical composition with this production made for a unique
experience, both for the audience as well as for me as the sound
designer and composer.
Directed by Angela Jenkins
for the Richmond Shakespeare Society this production
saw particularly memorable performances including that of
Steve Thompson (Macbeth) and Simon Bickerstaffe (Macduff).
(MP3 - 2 mins 47 secs - 1.84 Mb)