Saturday, 14 November 2015


What better place to find oneself on Friday the 13th than at the Cambrian Hall at Main and 17th for a 10pm showing of Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth? Presented by Standing Room Only Theatre, this eerie production of the Scottish Play is a minimalist and modern take that brings out the creepier aspects of the Bard's darker side.

The witches' role in Macbeth's downfall is emphasized a lot more in this production. Add in a haunting soundtrack mixed with famous speeches (from JFK to Chairman Mao to Hitler), and the show is a step in the direction of New York's Macbeth-based Sleep No More experience. How cool would it have been if it was as immersive an experience as that, for those who have been fortunate enough to travel to NYC for it and know what I'm talking about.

It's definitely not Bard on the Beach (which in my case, makes it a good thing), so if you're looking for traditional Shakespearean staging and costume, this is not for you. But if you want to bask in the language of the Bard with a stripped-down set in a theatre-of-the-round type setting, then you only have this weekend to check this show out!

Standing Roon Only Theatre's production of Macbeth is on tonight and tomorrow at the Cambrian Hall.

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