A Radical Classic™ from Volcano
ON TOUR AUTUMN 2018 - DATES BELOW
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."
WATERSIDE ARTS | SALE | TUES 9 OCTOBER 7pm & WED 10 OCTOBER 1:30pm and 7pm
HARROW ARTS CENTRE | THU 11 OCTOBER 7:30pm
CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE | CARDIFF | FRI 12 & SAT 13 OCTOBER 8pm
MAC | BIRMINGHAM | MON 15 OCTOBER 7:30pm
WICKHAM THEATRE | BRISTOL | WED 17 OCTOBER 7:30pm
TALIESIN ARTS CENTRE | SWANSEA | TUE 23 OCTOBER 1:15pm and 7:30pm
(+ schools performance WED 24 OCTOBER 11am)
AMATA | FALMOUTH UNIVERSITY | FRI 26 OCTOBER 7.30pm & SAT 27 OCTOBER 1pm
THE ARTS INSTITUTE | PLYMOUTH | WED 31 OCTOBER 7:30pm
OMNIBUS THEATRE | CLAPHAM | THU 1 & FRI 2 NOVEMBER 7:30pm
JACKSONS LANE | HIGHGATE | TUE 6 & WED 7 NOVEMBER 8pm
ENABLE US PROJECT | SHEFFIELD | THU 8 NOVEMBER 8pm
SMALL WORLD THEATRE | CEREDIGION | FRI 9 NOVEMBER 8pm
THE ARTS CENTRE | EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY | MON 12 NOVEMBER 7:30pm
ARENA THEATRE | WOLVERHAMPTON | TUE 13 NOVEMBER 7:30pm & WED 14 NOVEMBER 1:30pm & 7:30pm
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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