Based around a dire production of 'Macbeth', The Better Part is a black comedy about ambition, desire, and superstition.
Against her better judgement, Nairne MacKinney accepts the role of the Third Witch in 'Macbeth'. At her age, with her talent, Nairne should have been cast as the lead. Her companions confirm this. The charismatic actor playing Macbeth offers himself as a lover, if only she would be his stage wife. The spirit of the witch she is playing appears to insist on this. But stepping into the shoes of Shakespeare's most infamous female involves harming the beautiful, incompetent actress who has been miscast in the role.
Accidents happen to those
around her, but Nairne feels the curse of The Scottish Play has singled her
out, leaving its footprints in the sand, riding along in her car. Whispering
temptations. Will Nairne emulate Lady Macbeth by allowing ambition to ensnare
her? The rewards seem almost worth the risk: an improved career, a breathtaking
love affair. Can she resist? Or will she forfeit her integrity, perhaps even
kill, in order to play the better part?
A note from the author: As with most novels, 'The Better Part' is a blend of life experiences and imagination. I did once play the part of Third Witch, and I did find myself disturbed by nightmares and uncanny sensations. Like other members of the company, I had appalling bouts of bad luck during and immediately after the production. But I fell in love with the play and with the panoramic scenery of the Welsh coast - those loves have haunted me over the years, rather than any ghosts of memories of mishaps.
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