presented by Class Act & Bare Naked Theatre Companies
WRITTEN BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY STEPHEN LEE
Ian Bolgia, and
Subiaco Arts Centre
24 to 28 June 2008
MACBETH was also presented at the Weld Theatre in Busselton, The Don Russell PAC and the Kwinana Arts Centre.
Shakespeare’s powerful tragedy was presented at the Subiaco Arts Centre main stage in authentic period costume.
Stephen Lee was particularly keen to direct Macbeth as he feels that the simpler staging that touring requires adds to the power and impact of the play: “Directors can easily be led into beefing up the “eye candy”: the might and magic of the Witches. Even just a few years after it was first acted, writers were paid to add songs and flying sequences to the play. Yet this distorts Shakespeare’s aim, so far as I can see. This is one of his most condensed and emotive plays. I have stripped away the spectacle and made the witches far more human, with power to seduce rather than coerce. This shifts the plays emphasis to where it rightly belongs: the story of an essentially good couple, tempted by the lure of power into treachery and murder. She closes her eyes to her deeds and eventually falls into madness; he accepts what he has to do and is slowly hardened into a psychopath.”
“ The audience, made up of largely students, remained engaged throughout – a testimony to the success of the performance. It deserves a wider audience.”
“Director Stephen Lee uses traditional period costumes, with skillfully choreographed swashbuckling sword fights, but minimal sets and special effects to maximize the stark impact of the play.”
“Angelique Malcolm offers strong performance as Lady Macbeth.”
“The play features a strong ensemble cast but special mention needs to be made of Dan Luxton’s powerful portrayal of Macduff.”
“Lee treats the audience to wonderful, versatile cameo roles.”
“Meadows’ restrained performance…may offer a more realistic version of the true nature of ambitious tyrants.”
– Karen Marais, The West Australian Review