The Tragedy of Macbeth at Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre have announced that The Tragedy of Macbeth will play Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Tue 20 – Sat 24 February 2018.

Icarus Theatre Collective and Millenium Forum, Derry presents Shakespeare for the Game of Thrones generation. The vicious, barbaric undercurrent in Shakespeare’s fear-filled tragedy erupts in Icarus Theatre’s kinetic and blood-thirsty production.

Unrivalled on the battlefield, Macbeth is rewarded with rank and favour by a grateful king, but the war has left its scars. With each enemy Macbeth butchers, his lust for power takes a more menacing grip. Spectres slaughtered on the battlefield drip poison in his ear, and passions erupt as he ferociously seizes the throne. But, violence breeds violence, and a reign born in blood quickly spirals out of control as Macbeth’s demons return to destroy him. Set in the 11th century and culminating in an epic battle filled with revenge, justice, and beheadings, Icarus Theatre blends the traditional and the physical to bring to life some of literature’s most vibrant language and characters.

This production centres around the idea that Macbeth himself is suffering from PTSD. Director Max Lewendel comments, “War is hell, and medieval warfare even more so. There is something in the psychology of PTSD that resonates here in a very Hitchcockian kind of way. This world is a supernatural nightmare for Macbeth and I wanted to explore the idea that the horrors of what he has done and seen lurk in every shadow, in every corner.”

In addition to this new psychological element, many of the traditional male roles are here cast as female characters, stressing the importance of gender parity on stage. This is a patriarchal world, but one that is being challenged by powerful women pushing forward change.

This production contains violence and is suitable for ages 11+

Tickets are currently on sale through Ticketmaster.

Icarus Theatre Collective

Icarus early productions include Coyote Ugly (Critics’ Choice in Time Out and The Church of England Newsletter) and Albert’s Boy (Pearson Playwright Award winner) starring Tony Award winner Victor Spinetti. In 2009 Icarus produced their first Shakespeare piece, a mid-scale tour of Othello using actor-musicians. In 2010 they toured Journey’s End (Runner-Up, The Guide Awards, four stars in The Times, Manchester Evening News, and The Scotsman) and followed up with a highly sexual piece of new writing about a gay teenager in 1981 Northern Ireland, Rip Her to Shreds. 2010-2012 saw Icarus complete International tours of over 100 performances each: Hamlet done in the style of Greek Chorus and Macbeth which finished at The Globe in Neuss, Germany. In 2012-13 they successfully completed their first mid-scale repertory tour performing Romeo and Juliet and Spring Awakening in over 80 venues across the UK and Ireland. They also revived Othello in rep with Ibsen’s hauntingly provocative tale, Hedda Gabler.

 

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