Macbeth in a new light

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Shakespeare in the Park weapons and special affects creator David Pottinger is flanked by actor Mike Edward (left), of Auckland, who will be playing Macbeth, and actor Tiarnan Fallon, of Invercargill, who will be playing McDuff.

ANYTHING of any use will be used during this journey from sanity to insanity in one of Shakespeare’s most powerful stories – Macbeth.

Produced by Great South and presented by the Shakespeare in the Park Charitable Trust, actor Mike Edward, of Auckland, would take on the lead role, with Great South’s creative projects manager Angela Newell directing.

Bringing the Elizabethan-era into the future, this year’s Macbeth takes on themes of dystopia, set in a post apocalyptic world, where people have to adapt to survive.

Inspiration for this production came from the TV show “The Walking Dead, but without the zombies”, Newell said.

“How do humans adapt?,” was one of this year’s major themes.

There would be violence and blood, so to help “deconstruct’ this, parents and caregivers were invited to bring their children backstage to look at how the fake blood and weapons would be used to help them understand the “make-believe” elements of theatre, Newell said.

“There will be a backstage tour for younger people half an hour before the show every night.”

Although there would be a lot of violence and killing on stage, “young people have to know the performers and performance is safe and the actors are going to get up and go home at the end of the day.”Shakespeare in the Park, Macbeth, Queens Park, February 5-8.

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