a new version of W. Shakespeare's play by Alexander Raptotasios
“The Macbeths are hosting a dinner party. There will be food, drinks and karaoke. Because enjoying yourself is always important, and entertainment is at the heart of every tragedy. But someone always has to pay in the end.”
Comedy, tragedy, 80’s disco music, wine and a lot of food will mix together as the dead are leaving the stage and joining the auditorium. Set as an immersive dinner party with karaoke, this new take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is exploring how we consume violence as spectators, the limitations of empathy and our love for a good-old tear & blood-soaked catharsis.
This theatrical retelling of the story of Macbeth was created through new writing and devised work from an international group of artists. The play brings the audience face to face with its consumer/viewer habits, their desensitisation to violence and their perceived role as an observer in the theatre space. All that while an immersive set is placing them around a dinner table with food, drinks and live karaoke bringing back the ‘80s pop culture of individualism and amorality that seems even more pertinent today.
MACBETH was first presented at LAMDA's Linbury Studio in 2016 and was subsequently supported by Arts Council England to run at The Pleasance in London in 2017.
Play by William Shakespeare / Additional texts by Manolis Tsipos and Alexander Raptotasios / Directed by Alexander Raptotasios / Designed by Marco Turcich Actors: Claire Ganaye, Helena Antoniou/ Howard Sivills, Oliver Hawick, Sion Eifion/Warren Webber, Oya Bacak, Daniel Jacob/Che Francis / Dramaturg: Jonathan Meth / Photography Nir Segal