The horrors of war that echo in time; DunsinaneBIRMINGHAM REP REVIEW.
For this gripping and moving play - concerning the efforts of a British garrison to bring peace to Scotland after the death of the tyrant - shines an unforgiving light on the attempts of one nation to impose its will on another.
The misunderstandings and assumptions between one race and another, the machinations of opposing factions and the confused objectives and simple all too human motivations of the protagonists are exposed.
Thus this country's invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the mayhem that ensued, spring to mind.
Heavy material, then, but this is far from a work of unremitting gloom for there is plenty of humour and moments of tenderness.
This production - by the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company - is fast-paced and finely acted.
The use of Gallic language and music add an almost Middle Eastern exoticism to the bleak Scottish setting.
Tom Gill is wonderfully engaging as the Boy Soldier whose path to hardened dog of war is touching.
Sandy Grierson - his beard, shaved head and robes suggestive of the Afghan president Hamid Karzai - is a slippery but amusing Malcolm.
And in the two leading roles - that of the English commander Siward and the king's widow Gruach - Jonny Phillips and Siobhan Redmond (her Highland accent a joy) are utterly compelling.
Dunsinane's bloodshed continues until Saturday. Verdict: ????? PAUL FULFO WOMEN formed the vast majority of the audience at this version of the 1997 British film, and judging by the hoots and screams, they enjoyed the cheeky show.
It's the third time the talented WBOS have performed the musical and it is getting a little rusty.
The musical numbers rarely offered the cast the opportunity to show the quality of their voices.
A group of steel workers spot how their wives enjoy a visit to town by the Chippendales and decide to form a striptease act themselves. One of the highlights came during auditions for the strippers when an ageing black man, "Horse" - cleverly played by Fidel Lloyd - causes a surprise with his dancing skills.
Directed by John Wetherall with Claire Kramer's choreography and Adam Joy's musical direction.
Runs until Saturday.
REVIEW The Full Monty West Bromwich Operatic Society GRAND THEATRE, WOLVERHAMPTON Verdict: ????? PAUL MARST
Siobhan Redmond and Jonny Phillips in Dunsinane