Witches & the Magic of Shakespeare’s Macbeth: New Podcast Guest Appearance
My latest guest spot on From the Lighthouse – the literary podcast from Macquarie University’s Department of English – involved one of my favourite things to talk about: witches! Specifically, those gnarled, wisened, wonderful witches whose enduring mystery goes some way towards explaining the seemingly endless appeal of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays: the bloody, ghostly and gory Macbeth.
This is a text I have taught to budding English undergraduates for the past eleven years, and it is one that consistently mesmerises its audiences, often raising more questions than it answers (who do we blame for Macbeth’s descent into murderous madness? What are the witches really? How does Shakespeare feel about women who wield power like Lady Macbeth and the witches?). It has also inspired countless artists over the centuries, and you can see a few of my favourite painted depictions in this post.
I was invited to join From the Lighthouse podcast hosts Dr Stephanie Russo and Dr Jimmy Van to discuss our love for this play, our favourite aspects and adaptations, and why we think it is that this tragedy remains one of Shakespeare’s most memorable and reproduced plays.
Listen to the full episode below…
Find this episode and more at: https://www.fromthelighthouse.org/2020/macbeth-the-enduring-appeal-of-shakespeares-scottish-play
What do you find most interesting about Shakespeare’s Macbeth?