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Macbeth at the Redcliffe Caves


11th - 27th July, 2015


In war-torn Scotland a new power rises; Supernatural prophecy and

naked ambition combine to crown the warrior Macbeth as king. 


Follow this once loyal soldier into the Redcliffe caves and experience Shakespeare’s

darkest tragedy anew. Specifically adapted to respond to this unique local landmark, 

Insane Root invites you to meet witches in the shadows, eavesdrop on secret plots

and witness bloody murder.  


As reality and madness begin to blur, the war drums sound once more. 

Be careful not to lose your way in the dark... 


This is a promenade performance, and will include walking around the venue. Unfortunately this venue does not have wheelchair access but we can accommodate some mobility issues. Please wear sturdy and sensible shoes when attending the performance. The caves get very chilly so warm layers are advised.


Unsuitable for children under the age of 12.


Running time: approx 100 minutes



Elliot Chapman - Duncan / Macduff

Ben Crispin - Macbeth

Lorna Jinks - Witch / Lennox / Macduff's Child / Young Siward

James D Kent - Witch / Malcolm / Doctor

Andrew Kingston - Porter / Ross

Zachary Powell - Banquo / Murderer

Nicola Stuart-Hill - Lady Macbeth / Lady Macduff / Witch



Grace Courtney - Production Assistant

Hannah Drake - Director / Adapter

Stuart Duncan - Poster Design

Natasha Harper-Smith - Assistant Stage Manager

Jonathan Howell - Fight Director

Kaz Light - Stage Manager

Edmund McKay - Lighting Designer

Justin Palmer - Producer / Adapter

Ellie Showering - Musical Director

Sarah Warren - Costume Designer




Ben Crispin - Macbeth

Adam Ford - Camera / LX

Philippa Whateley - Editor

Filmed on-location in the Redcliffe Caves

December 2014

Rehearsal Photography by Lisa Hounsome


Production Photography by Graham Burke




Duncan / Macduff




Elliot trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where he was nominated for the BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award.


Theatre credits include: Bernard Wolley (cover)/BBC Cameraman in Yes Prime Minister (UK tour, dir. Jonathan Lynn); Robert Chappell in Stone Cold (The Mill at Sonning, dir. Sue Wilson); Tom O' Toole in Two Way Mirror (South West tour, dir. Matt Grinter); First God in The Good Soul of Szechuan (Bristol Old Vic Studio, dir. Patrick Sandford); Gurov in The Yalta Game (Alma Theatre, dir. Timothy Howe); Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger (Alma Theatre, dir. Matt Grinter); Gerald Thornton in 'Time and the Conways' (CircoMedia, dir. Jenny Stephens); Claudio in Measure for Measure and Proteus in Two Gentleman of Verona (Arnos Vale, dir. Shane Morgan); Wayne in Outside (Brewery Theatre, dir. Emel Yilmaz)


TV/Film: The Fear (World Productions, dir. Michael Samuels); The Hand of the Duke (Aspect, dir. Sam Haire); Turn Me Online (TMO Productions, dir. Hannah Lane); Cell (Ash Morris Productions/ITV Workshops, dir. Emily Miller); Revelations (dir. Rupert Miles). 


Elliot plays the part of companion, Ben Jackson in the Doctor Who ­ The Early Adventures radio series.

Production Assistant

Grace is currently studying for a BA in Drama at the University of Bristol. She has worked as production assistant for the RSPLB at Wilderness Festival and as a design assistant for a production of Titus Andronicus last summer. Her acting credits include Holby City and she is currently devising an Edinburgh show that recently previewed at the Pleasance Theatre in London. 

Witch / Lennox / Macduff's Child / Young Siward

Trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 2009-2012


Credits: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington (Blue Crate Theatre), Runt in Disco Pigs at the Tristan Bates Theatre , Covent Garden (Blue Crate Theatre),  Anne Frank in Anne Frank the Musical  (Tiny Dog Productions), Nurse Audrey in BBC’S Best of Men (Tim Whitby, BBC), Anna Sergeyevna in The Yalta Game at the Alma Tavern and Theatre,  Mrs Shin in the Good Soul of  Szechuan at the Bristol Old Vic Studio, Ophelia in Hamlet (BOVTS), Tanya in Punk Rock (BOVTS), Sorrel in Hayfever (BOVTS),  Masha in The Three sisters (BOVTS).

Porter / Ross

Andrew studied drama at the University of Bristol, before completing his postgraduate diploma at Birmingham School of Acting.


He has since appeared in The Emperor Jones at the National Theatre, The Revenger's Tragedy and All's Well That Ends Well with Gentleman Jack Theatre, and Infectious with Welded Theatre. Andrew has co-devised and appeared in two Wardrobe Theatre Christmas shows; Oedipuss in Boots, which also toured to Brighton and Exeter's Bike Shed Theatre, and last year's sell out show Muppits Die Hard. Andrew is a series regular in the Wardrobe Theatre's flagship improvised soap opera Closer Each Day.

Lighting Designer

Edmund studied theatre design at Aberystywth University & Central School of Speech & Drama.


He focuses predominantly on lighting designs but also undertakes stage design alongside this when the opportunity arises.


Past work in theatre & opera includes: The Commune, As You Like It, Broken Heart, Swan Song & Three Sisters, Anthony & Cleopatra, (all for CSSD); All’s Well That Ends Well  & The Revengers Tragedy (Gentleman Jack Theatre); Beachy Head (Analogue); The Carnival (Kompany Malakhi & Charody Productions).

Past work in dance includes: The World Behind Walls (Jessie Brett & Addisu Demissie); Siamber Wen (Solarference);  How I Faded & Disintegrated (Saun Taun John); Gig, The Factory (Co-lighting, Earthfall Dance company).  He has also worked on the installations Isolated Response (Net Audio Festival 2009) &  Built to Last (Chapter Studio 2011).

Banquo / Murderer

Zachary trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


His past theatre credits include Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing (Vienna's English Theatre), Tristan in Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Forest Forge theatre company), Lieutenant Povolny in The Last Days of Mankind by Karl Kraus (Bristol Theatre Royal), Lysimachus in Pericles (Redgrave Theatre), Eddie in Stags and Hens by Willy Russell and Macheath in Brecht's Threepenny Opera (Hull Truck Theatre).


Zachary is an actor and theatre practitioner based in Bristol. He is delighted to be working on this debut production with Insane Root and to have the chance to explore this classic play in a new and exciting environment.

Lady Macbeth / Lady Macduff / Witch

Nicola previously joined the UK N01 tour of Corrie on its New Zealand leg. 


Other theatre credits include Speed The Plow; Theatre Royal Winchester, Mother Goose; Oxford Playhouse, Look Back In Anger; Vienna's English Theatre, new play The Garden; Riverside Studios; Bathhouse; Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, Secrets From The  Long Grass; Brockley Jack Studio, It Could Happen To You; Soho Theatre, Lead Us Into Temptation; The Old Red Lion, The Persians; Theatro Technis.


Nicola can currently be seen playing Peg in a few episodes of the new BBC costume series Hetty Feather. She finished at Twickenham Studios last year on the 1930's set biopic The Honourable Rebel. She has had leading roles in features films ( Deep Lies, Fanny Hill) and several shorts including Enough Ropeopposite Vicky McClure and Diego's Story opposite Marc Elliot. 


Nicola is from a little Somerset village and believes in fairies and elves (Nicola doesn't). Alongside acting she is doing a creative writing degree and is really happy to be a part of such a play, near her home turf.


Ben graduated from Cygnet Training Theatre in 2009.


Theatre includes: Bob Barratt and Folk Club Ken in Scrumpy and Western (south west mini tour, dir. Amanda Horlock); Mike in Nets (Theatre West, dir. David Lockwood); Spurio in The Revenger’s Tragedy (Gentleman Jack Theatre, dir. Justin Palmer); Lavatch in All’s Well that Ends Well (Gentleman Jack theatre, dir. Phillip Perry); Scrooge in A Christmas Carol; Smoke and Mirrors (The Bike Shed Theatre, dir. David Lockwood); Percy Shelley in Romantics (Pale Fire, dir. James Vietch); John Clare in The Fool (The Cock Tavern, dir. Edward Bond); Gary in Cul-de-Sac (the Bike Shed Theatre, dir. Charlie Coldfield); Ensemble in The Little Prince (The Bike Shed Theatre, dir David Lockwood, Fin Irwin); Steamer in Beanfield (The Bike Shed Theatre, dir. David Lockwood). Roles whilst training include: Prospero in The Tempest, Theseus in The Two Noble Kinsmen, Mark in After the End, Aimwell in The Beaux’ Stratagem, Percy Shelley in Bloody Poetry.


Television Includes: Jesus in Holy Flying Circus (Hillbilly Films, BBC,dir. Owen Harris); Ash in Rapture (BBC, dir. Ethan Race).


Director / Adapter

Hannah trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where she won the Elsa Roberts Prize for Directing, and the Rondo Theatre, where she is now Associate Director. 


Recent Directing credits include: Julius Caesar (Take Thou That), The Snow Maiden (BS13 Company), Canopy of Stars (Theatre West), Lockdown (Bath Theatre Royal), 100 Miles North of Timbuktu / A Lonely Place (Theatre West), East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Homespun), An Act of Twisting (Provocation), Product Displacement (Edible), Convicts, Conflict & Love (Bolton Octagon), Fertility Objects (Butterfly Psyche). 


As Assistant Director: Lighthearted Intercourse (Bolton Octagon), Unrestless (Old Vic New Voices) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SATTF).  Hannah is a regular Visiting Director for the University of Cumbria and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and has directed for Bath Spa University. | @HannahDrakeUK

Witch / Malcolm / Doctor

James graduated from the Bristol Old Vic’s Made In Bristol scheme in 2012 as an actor and theatre maker.


James has toured all over the UK with professional shows, such as a national tour with the Wardrobe Ensemble’s ‘RIOT’. James has also performed in festivals such as the National Student Drama Festival, Bristol Ferment and Mayest and has been invited to perform at the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and the Young Vic. In the past year, James has assistant directed on the Bristol Old Vic’s ‘Wodwo’, the christmas show ‘Magic Elves’ directed by Miranda Cromwell and the upcoming ‘Life Raft’ directed by Melly Still.

Stage Manager

Kaz trained at LAMDA in Stage Management and Technical Theatre. 


Kaz Has worked on a wide range of productions from plays to musicals within the Stage Management roles at Oakham Festival Rutland, Nottingham Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, Creation Theatre Company Oxford, Derby Playhouse, Theatre by the Lake Keswick and Derby Live.  Kaz has also worked for the Theatre Royal Bath on several Storm on the Lawn productions and at the Egg Theatre.

Producer / Adapter

Justin trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the University of Bristol. He has worked extensively across the UK in theatre, film, TV and voiceover, and is an Associate Director of critically acclaimed Gentleman Jack Theatre.


Stage includes: Infectious (Welded Theatre), Twelfth Night (Rondo), Three Ships (Theatre West), All’s Well That Ends Well, The Revenger’s Tragedy & Timon of Athens (all Gentleman Jack), Converging Paths (Slung Low), Fertility Objects (Butterfly Psyche), After Dark (Bike Shed), 24 Hour Plays (Theatre Royal Bath), Mapping the City (Slung Low/Hull Truck), Drive in Deco (Part Exchange), The Mourning Few (Miniaturists/Arcola), 86,400 Seconds (FTC), Beyond the Front Line (Slung Low/Lowry), Romeo and Juliet (Bristol Old Vic).


TV includes: Trollied (Sky One), Crimewatch (BBC).

Musical Director

Ellie Showering is a Bristol based singer, musician, composer and performer who studied Contemporary Music Performance at Dartington College of Arts. Specialising in a-cappella singing, they have worked with an array of different artists, including Verity Standen, Living Structures, Jen Bell, Phill Minton, Caroline Wright, Jocelyn Pook, Jenny Minton, and the You Me Bum Bum Train, on many weird, wonderful and unconventional projects. This is their first time working with Insane Root.


If you would like to get in touch with Ellie you can email them at:

Costume Designer

Sarah Warren graduated from The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School In July 2011 after completing an MA in Theatre Design as an award winning student. Prior to this she studied fine art and became involved in film and theatre when she worked as a set builder, painter and model maker on the “Wallace and Gromit” feature film “Curse of The Were-Rabbit” and then as the props maker for The Bristol Old Vic.


Since graduating in 2011 she has designed the sets and costumes for several theatre productions including shows for The SanaRt Theatre Company, community based theatre and film for Theatre Orchard, costume design for the feature film Frail and set and costume design for The Rover staged​ at The Bristol Old Vic Studio.​


She has also assisted Angela Davies on A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum at The Tobacco Factory and also on The Mouse and His Child at The RSC December 2012.




Our immense thanks go to the amazing friends, family, sponsors, volunteers and stewards who helped bring this production to life and kept it going in performance. 


In particular we would like to thank our corporate sponsors:


DAC Beachcroft


Smith & Williamson LLP

Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP

Lambert Smith Hampton


A big thank you, also, to our KICKSTARTER supporters, whose contributions made lighting the caves possible:


Gold Supporters:

Kathryn & Tom Raftery

Mark Stanbrook

Romesh Vaitilingham

Change Living Ltd


Silver Supporter:

Jennifer L. Pierce



Bronze Supporters:

Becky Chapple

Chris Gannon

Stephen Coltrane

Laura Kingston

Peter Crispin

Amanda Gardham


Petra Schofield



Keith Law

Marc Geoffrey

Old Bristolians

Ted Daugherty

Cindy Womack

Jill Bennett

Kirsty Cox

Public Domain Productions

Philip Perry



Finally, in the creation of this show we invited a team of fantastic local actors to assist in a Research and Development day. The contribution these actos made to the script and vision of the show was invaluable. Therefore huge thanks are due to:


Ali Campbell

Kirsty Cox

Ben Crispin

Charlotte Ellis

Marc Geoffrey

Andrew Kingston

Danann McAleer

Eoin Slattery

Tom Turner

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