Date: Oct 21
Venue: Mandela Hall
Three witches, local women – nothing strange about them to the casual observer, but their use of ancient witchcraft enables them to manipulate thought and situation. On his return from battle, the victorious Macbeth is ensnared by these psychological predators who feed his dark ambition. His wife is ready to complete their work. The old king must die for the prophecy to succeed.
Thus begins a chain of murders and the rule of terror. Everyone suspects who the real murderer is but no one speaks up. The ghosts of the departed are conjured up to foretell the king’s fate and the Macbeths begin to anaesthetise themselves against these apparitions by descending into madness, she in an obsession with the stain of blood, he by denial and delusion, climaxing in a final thrilling and brutal confrontation.
Macbeth is easily the most popular of Shakespeare’s tragedies and its themes of adherence to superstition and distorted ambition resonate all too well with the Northern Irish psyche. This darkly comic production will harness the wit and muscularity of the Ulster idiom with Shakespeare’s supernatural thriller