Drama fest: Players’ accent on youth

Howard Corrin (Macbeth) and Kathryn Leigh (Lady Macbeth) in Knaresborough Players' production of Macbeth.
Howard Corrin (Macbeth) and Kathryn Leigh (Lady Macbeth) in Knaresborough Players' production of Macbeth.
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KNARESBOROUGH Players are gearing up to perform scenes from Macbeth at the upcoming Nidderdale and District Drama Festival at the Frazer Theatre.

This year the event is a preliminary round of the RSC/All-England Theatre Festival Open Stages competition which, for the winning group at the Final in Worcester, will result in a performing opportunity at Stratford-on-Avon.

The players have given youth its head by entrusting the play’s direction to talented 19-year-old Gareth Gordon.

An A-level student at King James’s School until last summer, Gareth, who has recently returned to his alma mater as a teaching assistant, started acting at the age of seven. As he got older he started to take an interest in producing and directing both in and out of school and has won awards for original plays he has written and directed.

He said: “I am passionate about literature:’ says Gareth. ‘Shakespeare is a source of inspiration and it is this that drew me to direct Macbeth.

“I hope to continue to direct, write and shape a career from it. I enjoy the process of taking words from a page, interpreting them and putting them onto the stage.

“I feel when I am directing that it makes use of my acting training, study of literature and leadership skills.”

Starring Howard Corrin and Kathryn Leigh, Macbeth will be performed on Friday, March 16.

l Nidderdale and District Drama Festival runs from March 15-17.

Performances start at 7.30pm (Thursday/Friday) and 7pm (Saturday). To reserve tickets ring 01423 712240.