5 WAYS production of Macbeth an “absolute triumph”

The Hurly-Burley Players put on their first ever production to great acclaim.

The Hurly-Burley Players drama troupe from 5 WAYS, the Leeds centre for recovery from substance misuse, staged Macbeth at Guiseley Theatre on 8 May to an almost sold out crowd and received a standing ovation at the end.

The play was directed by RADA trained Christabel Grasby who appeared in the ITV drama Peak Practice and most of the performers had not acted before or even appeared on stage.

Ros Jones who attended the play said: “The whole experience was amazing, from being given our tickets, then shown into the theatre to being absolutely captivated by such an enthralling play – the actors were simply amazing, the background music perfect and the costumes simple and effective.

The Wyrd Sisters and Banquo

We will definitely be on the look out for any other play they do!”

Director Christabel Grasby said: “I am so unbelievably proud of them all. This was definitely, without a doubt, one of the most rewarding projects l have ever had the privilege of working on. The atmosphere on stage and within the audience was electric!

“A little bit of magic was made with this performance and l feel this is just the beginning for the ’Hurly-Burley Players’.

“It was an absolute triumph and I have loved every minute of this journey.”

Other comments received after the performance included

Banquo, Macbeth and King Duncan

“…congratulations to you and everyone involved last night – what a wonderful evening! I’ve already been tweeting about it”
– Rachel Dukes, Health Improvement Specialist, Leeds City Council

“Wow, what a night. I just wanted to say a massive Congratulations to the Hurley Burley Players who put on an amazing production of Macbeth tonight. Absolutely fantastic!”
–  Kelsey Trevethick, Service Manager, BARCA-Leeds

“Branagh and Thompson better watch out – the Hurly-Burley players are hot on their acting heels!”
– Tina Boon, Swarthmore Education Centre

“A fantastic performance, so privileged to be invited to watch it, you should all be so proud of yourselves.”
– Vicky Clarke-Dunn, Leeds City Council

“Great performance. So much talent, hard work and courage on show.”
– Joy Archer, Joy Archer Counselling

The death of Duncan plotting Lady Macbeth A tragic ending?