Blood Will Have Blood
Presented in English
“After Banquo's murder, his son Fleance is adrift in Macbeth's brutal new Scotland. He/the audience are taken under the wing of a strange woman from the heath. Interactive, audio-immersive show.” --description from Fringe programme.
Blood Will Have Blood was an audio-immersive companion to the company's 2015 show Fire Burn: The Tragedy of Macbeth which returned to the Fringe in 2016 and played in rep.
Director: Rosanna Mallinson
Writer: Clancy Flynn
Sound designer: Nicola Chang
Performed by Jamie Burkett
Tour Dates and Locations:
August 9-29, 2016, C nova, Edinburgh, Scotland, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
August, 2016, Cockpit Theatre, London, as part of Camden Fringe
For More Information:
BroadwayBaby review (3 stars): "a wonderfully atmospheric and unique experience, if one that still feels rough around the edges"
TV Bomb review (3 stars): "It feels far more like an annoying away-day, group-bonding session, than gritty, immersive theatre: it comes over all a bit timid." http://www.tvbomb.co.uk/review/blood-will-blood/
Edinburgh Spotlight review (3 stars): "an intriguing event, worth experiencing, richly laced with the story of Macbeth’s murder of his friend Banquo and with the influence of what is deemed witchcraft. It is likely to linger in the memory for a while." http://www.edinburghspotlight.com/2016/08/review-blood-will-have-blood/
Edinburgh Guide review (2 stars): "technical over-ambition" http://www.edinburghguide.com/festival/2016/theatre/drama/bloodwillhavebloodcnovareview-17115
Fest review (2 stars): "By the pricking of my thumbs, something frustrating this way comes – a less-than-successful, increasingly baffling riff on Macbeth that fails to live up to its potential." https://www.festmag.co.uk/theatre/103478-blood-will-have-blood
The List review (2 stars): "Macbeth does not really need another interpretation: even by the standards of Shakespeare mania, it has been reimagined beyond familiarity into contempt. Blood will have Blood dispenses with most of the play, though, and focuses in a single, usually obscure plot detail.The audience are invited to don headphones and play the role of a fugitive from the bloody tyrant. A witch then educates the amnesiac hero, before sending him off to action. Caught between post-visual and immersive theatre modes, the show never hits its stride: the audience participation is roughly managed, involving plenty of business but little engagement, and the audio feeds, although well recorded and following a potentially intriguing tale, gets stuck in a series of instructions."
British Theatre Guide review (1 star): "pretentious" http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/blood-will-have-c-nova-13283
In the Media:
Edinburgh Reporter feature http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2016/07/our-pick-of-edinburgh-festival-fringe-2016-blood-will-have-blood/
Funding and Support:
Arts Council England lottery funding