Macbeth (Macbettu)

Sardegna Teatro and Compagnia Teatropersona

four topless men in a dark room appear to be eating from the floor

Ritual, rites and rhythms rooted in Sardinian culture lend primal, elemental energy to this all-male version of Shakespeare’s play – about a man whose efforts to be king make no sense.

Gibbering, spitting and spinning, the weird sisters emerge, whipping up a cloud of ash in their wake. Their appearance heralds more shadowy scenes speaking of dark ambition and disintegration including a banquet where grain is crumbled and scattered. Later the sight of men in local cork masks moving to the sound of ringing cowbells foretells of defeat in a symbolic enactment of Birnam Wood arriving in Dunsinane. 

Director Alessandro Serra draws on the guttural tone of the Sardinian language, props sourced from rural markets and family totems to transpose Macbeth to Barbagia, a pastoral region from where his grandparents hail. Radiating with stylised movement and powerful voices, his production feeds the supernatural elements of the original, layering them with materials, sounds and gestures to flawlessly transform a Shakespearean classic. 

1 hour 30 mins, no interval
Age guidance 12+ (contains nudity. More Information)

Performed in Sardinian with English surtitles
 

Presented by the Barbican. Produced by Sardegna Teatro and Compagnia Teatropersona with Fondazione Pinuccio Sciola and Cedac Circuito Regionale Sardegna. Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute in London.

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‘Enthralling, visionary and apocalyptic‘
La Nuova Sardegna (Italy)

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