MACBETH
   

In the bleak of winter, a man will be killed.

We have made this a story of sound, of breath in the air, of whispers out of darkness, of the incantation of battle, the keening wail of carnage, the lament for the dead. It is the story of a man who, in killing another, kills himself for all time.

Light thickens; and the crow makes wing to the rooky wood:
Good things of day begin to droop and drowse;
While night's black agents to their preys do rouse

Conceived of as an enactment of ritual, and commencing with the open-air burning of the sculpture of an armoured man: this production pays homage to the idea of a chosen sacrifice, and to the ancient Celtic belief in the sacredness of the head - where the soul was thought to reside;
it reflects on the nature of transformation, drawing inspiration from the image of the Celtic triple headed goddess of battle, the Morrigan - a shape-shifter who took the form of a raven - and it responds to the physical circumstances of it's setting using a principle of contraction:
leaving the outside world, we enter the mind of Macbeth...

This is the time of blood.

Richard Bligh/Stewart Morritt - Macbeth
Jane Nolan/Julia Zemiro - Lady Macbeth
Stewart Morritt/Mark Hennessy - Banquo/Porter/Bloody Man
David Adamson/Grant Mouldey - Witch/Duncan/Macduff/Murderer
Bagryana Popov/Fiona Blair/Georgina Naidu - Witch/Ross/LadyMacduff/Doctor/Murderer
Jeannie Van De Velde - Witch/Fleance/WeeMacduff/Gentlewoman

Director - Fiona Blair
Lighting Design - Rob Irwin
Burning Man - Bill Cerruty

Performed: Daylesford Convent Gallery Chapel 2000
Colac, Portland, Bendigo, Kyneton, Wangaratta - 2004 Tour
Melbourne Theatreworks 2005