Opened 16 Sep 2014
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Shakespeare's story of the clansman Macbeth driven to murder and advancement by his wife.
In this radical take on the seminal opera, combining bold visuals with a reconstructed score sung by a South African ensemble, Brett Bailey sets his Macbeth in a troubled, post-colonial Africa. Refugee performers, fleeing from conflict within Congo, encounter a trunk containing sheet music and gramophone recordings of Verdi's Macbeth. Inspired by the composer's musical adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy, they retell the story from their own perspective - a conflict-ravaged, exploited homeland where a warlord and his wife seize power of a province and militia fight to the death over mineral resources. Running time: 1hr 40mins/no interval