Tue 18 Oct 2016 to Wed 14 Nov 2018
A Radical Classic™ from Volcano
For the second time in its career, Volcano re-invents Shakespeare’s pacy, eloquent tragedy; this time with a new generation of outstanding performers.
"Volcano by name, volcanic by nature, the Swansea company's psycho serial-killer drama smashes down theatre's fourth wall, [...] moving in and out of Shakespeare's script in a night of sound and fury signifying plenty."
This is an arresting, untraditional Shakespeare with powerful performances, striking design and sensory surprises! We have stripped back action and character to zoom in on the dynamics of the killer couple, tracking their murderous ambitions, escalating anxieties and disintegrating bonds against a backdrop of sensual pleasure and normalized violence. The setting walks an uneasy line between the regal and the domestic, exposing an austere brutality underpinning the noble pretensions of personal and political power. Expect a boisterous, playful Macbeth with ribald humour and a muscular undertow of menace. This production is ideal for anyone interested in both the play itself and in contemporary performance techniques.
"The extreme theatre of Brecht, agit-prop, Kneehigh and Ken Campbell, as well as Oliver Stone's swaggering 1995 movie Natural Born Killers, all come to mind in Volcano's Macbeth, shaking up Shakespeare with dark humour and theatrically anarchic relish."
Macbeth ESMONDE COLE | Lady Macbeth ZOE MILLS
(Video shows 2016 production with ALEX HARRIES and MAIRI PHILLIPS)
Directed by PAUL DAVIES | Choreographed by CATHERINE BENNETT
Designed by TINA TORBEY | Lighting Design by BEN STIMPSON
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