Today's Congo is an inspired setting for this striking adaptation of Verdi's opera.
Refugee performers encounter a trunk containing sheet music and gramophone recordings of Verdi’s Macbeth. Inspired by the composer’s musical adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy, they tell the story of their own conflict-ravaged, exploited homeland.
A warlord and his wife seize power of a province where militia fight to the death over mineral resources. Witchcraft is also at play, in the shape of double-dealing multinational businessmen motivated by ‘profit at any cost’.
Brett Bailey shines a spotlight on the troubled, post-colonial landscape of Africa through his multifaceted work. In this radical take on the seminal opera, he combines bold visuals with a reconstructed score sung by a South African ensemble.
'Undoubtedly the most exciting, provocative stage director in South Africa' Sunday Independent (South Africa)
1 hour 40 mins/no interval
Age guidance 12+ (contains disturbing images of war)
Performed in Italian with English surtitles
Post-show talk with Brett Bailey, Premil Petrovic and members of the Company
Free to same-day ticket holders
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Part of Theatre & Dance
Presented by the Barbican
Co-produced by the Barbican, KFDA/KVS, Wiener Festwochen, Theaterformen Festival and La Ferme du Buisson/Festival d’Automne ŕ Paris
With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union and Artscape
In association with UK Arts International