Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More

★★★★☆    Scary and funny

Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30): Thurs 3 – Sun 20 Aug 2017
Junior review by Cora Dibdin

Is this is a Dagger? is a one-man show by Andy Cannon and is a version of Macbeth. It is at the Storytelling Centre until this weekend. It’s definitely for over-eights, or maybe over-nines.

The show is made by both acting and storytelling. The actor makes himself three different men just by arranging his scarf differently, plays Lady Macbeth by tying a duster around his head and wearing yellow gloves, and effortlessly makes a paper crown out of a map.

Andy Cannon. Pic: Sandy Butler

His only props are a stool, wooden sword and an empty tub of Pringles. At the beginning he tells you about who he is, how much he loves Scotland and says he loves Pringles. It’s really scary, but made funny by him stopping and adding things, and saying funny things. It’s very funny when he is Lady Macbeth.

He goes to see the witches after he has killed Banquo and a head appears above the cauldron. It looks very real – and very scary. His tone of voice can be scary as well.



The show tells the whole story of the play Macbeth and it doesn’t matter if you know the story before or not.

It was horror, tragedy and funny with it. I would recommend it to children depending on what they are like and how much they get scared. It’s a show for all people above eight or nine – adults and teenagers would like it as well.

Running time 1 hour (no interval)
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30), 43-45 High Street, EH1 1SR
Thursday 3 – Sunday 20 August 2017
Daily (not Thursday 10, 17) at 3pm
Book tickets on the Fringe website: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/is-this-a-dagger-the-story-of-macbeth
Red Bridge Arts website: https://redbridgearts.co.uk/projects-performances/is-this-a-dagger-by-andy-cannon

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