Macbeth (This Ignorant Present)
Far from Scotland, a man tinkering in his cellar has assembled a cage-like contraption from hoarded junk, where something wicked is being stirred up. What started as a hobby evolves into a battle for domestic dominance, as the darkness of Shakespeare’s tragedy curls its fingers around the heart of a suburban family.
Two actors and a child conjure the entirety of Shakespeare’s spectacle. Under the direction of Paul Lazar (Big Dance Theater, The Wooster Group), New York’s Scott Shepherd (The Young Pope, Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz) and Australia’s Zahra Newman (Wake in Fright) unite to create an adrenaline-fuelling new production.
Shakespeare’s tragedy has never been more relevant than in This Ignorant Present.
"One of the few ovations for which I have unreservedly stood."
PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
Co-Produced by Malthouse Theatre and ArKtype (USA)/Thomas O. Kriegsmann.
Key image: Zan Wimberley & Maria Baranova
|CONCEIVED BY /||
Scott Shepherd from the play by William Shakespeare
|CAST INCLUDES /||
Scott Shepherd, Zahra Newman
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Dates & Times
|PREVIEWS||7.30pm Sat 9 May, 6.30pm Mon 11 May, 6.30pm Mon 12 May|
|OPENING NIGHT||7.30pm, Wed 13 May|
|TIME TO TALK||6.30pm, Tue 19 May|
|SENIORS PERFORMANCES||2pm Sat 16 May, 2pm Sat 23 May|
Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006Get directions
TrainAny train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.
TramThe No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.
This is a new work. It may contain violence, blood, and very loud noise. Check back closer to the event for further details.