Performance: Macbeth | Director's Cut

Volcano Theatre Company

  • The House, University of Plymouth

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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 normalised violence. 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.”

Volcano Theatre Company create and tour high-impact professional theatre productions all over the world, as well as initiating and managing projects ranging from temporary building transformations to festivals, residential workshops, exhibitions, publications, public events and a sustainability summit.

Director: Paul Davies
Choreographer: Catherine Bennett
Set and costume Design: Tina Torbey
Lighting design: Ben Stimpson
Cast: Alex Harries, Mairi Phillips

Date: Wednesday 31 October 
Time: 19:30 – 20:50
Venue: The House 
Ticket information: £10/£7, UoP students free via SPiA, 18’s and under free via YAP

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