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MACBETH – ROCK OPERA (article first published : 2002-10-18)

The ever original, hardworking creative partnership of Catherine Mace and lighting wizard Michael Broderick have collaborated on an exciting new project: creating a contemporary new feel to Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy Macbeth.

The play is set in the cut-throat music industry with the warring parties being rock bands vying for lucrative recording contracts and the awesome battle scenes being portrayed as “battles of the bands”, which take place in pulsating night clubs. The cast includes Belinda Henwood, Kerry de Witt, Catherine Mace, T-Bone Hlahane and Calli Denton.

The live band is fronted by Dave Birch who has set some of the most memorable of the bard’s powerful soliloquies and sonnets to music.

Although Shakespeare’s epic and masterful story is told faithfully with all the familiar characters, the context and feel of the production will be modern, fresh and totally innovative. Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company’s resident choreographer David Gouldie directs with Josef van Schalkwyk creating the costumes and Michael Broderick doing the lighting design.

There will be a graffiti artist on stage creating graffiti art during the course of the performance.

Macbeth – the Rock Opera runs at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from October 28 to November 13. Book at Computicket.




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