Spectacular backdrop for Macbeth at Newhaven Fort

Students performing at Newhaven Fort.
Students performing at Newhaven Fort.

Newhaven Fort was transformed into an open theatre, as students from Sussex Downs College delivered a performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Presented by Lewes Youth Theatre, which is formed of students from the Performing Arts and Production Arts courses at Sussex Downs College, the shows took place during the end of November.

The budding actors gave a strong and confident portrayal of Shakespeare’s psychological and political tale of the tyrannical Scottish ruler, at a variety of sites around the Napeolonic hill fort.

The audience was taken on a torch-lit journey through the story with the aid of more than 1,000 paper lanterns and 300 flaming torches to chart their meandering route.

And there was even live drumming from the 20 strong Eastbourne-based drumming group Stix.

Lecturer in performing arts at Sussex Downs College, Phil Rhodes said: “This was a most spectacular event in an incredible setting.

“Every student raised their game to an electrifying and most flammable level… the tunnels of Newhaven Fort were most literally full of fire and treachery.”