Screw Your Courage! (or The Bloody Crown!)
Klahr Thorsen & William Shakespeare
Klahr Thorsen/Frozen Light Theatre
Greenside @ Infirmary Street
Screw Your Courage is one of those great ideas that hasn’t come together.
Klahr Thorsen tells her story of how, at a very early age, she knew that she wanted to be an actress and that she would, one day, get the opportunity to play Lady Macbeth. With a father who encouraged her and a mother slowly going crazy to provide an example, she tells us of her journey to form herself as an actor whilst seeking opportunities to play Lady Macbeth.
It seems more than a stretch that she played Lady Macbeth at the Old Globe in London, even if it was only a workshop or student production. She presents the maturing actor, Klahr, and her Lady Macbeth but it is all words without really mining either character.
The narrative never seems to be tied together. It is a lot of biography; well written. She tells us but we never feel it; we are never engaged.
With a firm-handed director/dramaturg and the research (this quote should spark a lot more dialogue and investigation: "I have given suck, and knowHow tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me.") and investigation that is needed to understand Lady Macbeth, I think this could have been a decent show.
Reviewer: Catherine Lamm