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Macbeth (Upstaged Theatre Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Sickening violence, graphic slaughter scenes and the orgiastic celebration of murder – Upstaged Theatre’s ‘Macbeth’ doesn’t make for comfortable watching. Transported to the dark, frightening world of modern gangland where Goths hold court in leather jackets and lacy black tights, the setting hauntingly echoes the recent civil unrest in our cities, and reminds us of how awful this tale truly is. Though there are those – perhaps of a more sensitive disposition – who will argue the production uses excessive sensationalist violence, this is in fact a faithful portrayal of the brutality common in Elizabethan drama. The talented young cast deserve much praise for the difficult task of maintaining the relentless audience alienation and disturbing cruelty.

Paradise In Augustine’s, 16 – 21 Aug, 3.40pm (4.40pm), £6.00 – £8.00, fpp278.
tw rating 4/5