We saw Cheek By Jowl’s version of Macbeth at BAM yesterday and didn’t like it much. Among other things, the weird sisters’ brew was cut, and the night watchman’s drunken tomfoolery was stunningly mishandled. But I was struck by all the birds. In fact, Shakespeare is full of birds.
These are the birds named in the Scottish play, as actual animals and/or analogy/metaphor: sparrow, eagle, raven, martlet (martin), owl, goose, cock, falcon, crow, rook, kite, maggotpie (magpie), chough, howlet (or owlet), wren, vulture, loon. And, of course, the “hell-kite” who slaughters Macduff’s “pretty chickens.”