‘The Scottish Play’ Review by Tristan Stewart-Robinson

Sean Langdon

IF you’re unwilling to state “the Scottish play” by name, at least you can celebrate the teenage actor from Knightswood who used Shakespeare’s Macbeth for not one but two roles.  Sean Langdon, who studies HND acting and performance at City of Glasgow College, landed the roles of both Duncan and McDuff in a college production of Macbeth. The show ran over three days at the Scottish Youth Theatre as part of the college’s popular Creative City Festival.

Sean, a former pupil of Knightswood Secondary School, embraced the challenges of performing Shakespeare live on stage and believes the City of Glasgow College course has provided him with the experience and skills to follow his dreams of becoming an actor.

The 19-year-old said: “I was double-cast in the show and played Duncan and McDuff two really big characters. It was an interesting experience as the two characters couldn’t be more different – Duncan is a really upbeat, funny character whilst McDuff is very serious and has quite a dark past. I actually performed some Shakespeare a few years ago whilst I was at school but it’s always very challenging.  Our production of Macbeth was very visual which I think makes the play more accessible – even people who have never read or seen Shakespeare before were able to understand what was happening onstage.” Sean, who has wanted to pursue a career as an actor since he was a child, continued: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at City of Glasgow College as I’ve learned so much about both acting and the industry. I’m also really interested in writing and I’d eventually like to write and star in my own plays.”

Creative City 2017, which ran for three weeks until March 17, featured a series of public events and exhibitions which have either been organised by City of Glasgow College students or will showcase their work. This year, the vast programme also included live music, a football tournament, literature performances, drama productions and even a murder mystery evening. Events took place both in the college and at external venues across Glasgow.

Stephen Cafferty, acting and performance lecturer at City of Glasgow College, praised the efforts of Sean and the rest of the cast during rehearsals. He said: “Macbeth is a fantastic play and Sean is a real star, in fact all of the students are very talented. Performing in Shakespeare will be great experience for them to have for when they leave college and move on in their careers”

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