22 June, 2021

Witching Hour

Anjana Vasan—actress, blues singer, and one of the witches in Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth

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Witching Hour

The legendary Shakespearean actor and director Kenneth Branagh’s ground-breaking New York production of Macbeth opens in the thick of a battle that takes place offstage in Shakespeare’s original. As Mac­beth’s victorious fight ends, three ‘wit­c­hes’ mystically appear, prophesying greatness for the war hero. Tra­d­itionally shown as hun­c­hed old hags, Branagh makes them young, nimble ‘weird sisters’, with soot-smeared look-alike faces, messy hair, cloak-cove­red long black dresses. Among these defiant, near-indistinguishable girls who chose to go to the dark side is a talented, Chennai-born Sin­­gaporean Tamil: Anj­ana Vasan, after act­ing in two Stratford productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has landed this plum role in a spectacular Macbeth.

A self-styled “shy, drama-club geek”, Anjana was drawn to performing in high school and found her confidence onstage. She became passionate enough about acting to enrol in theatre studies at the National...

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