Piper welcoming us onto a boat to take us to the Island. Photo credit
We went and saw Macbeth. Ok, no lightening struck. It must all be ok :)
While still on the boat, the audience witnesses the re-enactment of the battle with Norway. Photo credit
Ross: From Fife, Great King:
Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky
And fan our people cold, Norway himself,
Assisted by that most disloyal traitor
The Thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict;
Till that Bellona's bridegroom, lapped in proof,
Confronted him with self-comparisons,
Point against point, rebellious arm against arm.
Curbing his lavish spirits; and to conclude
the victory fell on us.
Duncan: Great Happiness!
Ross: That now Sweno, the Norway's King craves composition;
Nor would we deign him burial of his men
Till he disbursed at Saint Colme's Inch
Ten thousand dollars for our general use.
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble. The witches on Inchcolm.
Inchcolm Abby provided the ideal backdrop for the welcoming of Duncan into Macbeth's castle, and the violent deeds that ensued.
The cast was amazing. Caroline Ailsa Howitt as Lady Macbeth gave an impressive performance. Photo credit
Macbeth's 'stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires' was delivered to a darkening night sky, and the witches who stop Macbeth on a 'blasted hearth' are at one with the 'foul and fair' nature of Inchcolm Island.
Alexander Forsyth as Macbeth in the last act. Photo credit.
As the last act ended it was indeed like '...a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more' as we descended back down the island in the dark to meet our boat for a quiet trip back to the mainland.
Inchcolm Abbey Photo credit
Goodbye Inchcolm, '..when shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly 's done, When the battle 's lost and won'