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Something this way wicked comes» ID Fight Choreographer Ronin Traynor created the fights for Icarus Theatre Collectives 2011 production of Macbeth. The vicious, barbaric undercurrent in Shakespeare’s epic tragedy erupts in this kinetic, blood-thirsty production that goes straight for the jugular and has won praise from critics and public at its Edinburgh previews.
Plot in a nutshell - Victorious on the battlefield, Macbeth’s nobility and bravery are rewarded by an indebted king. But with each enemy slaughtered to serve Macbeth’s own vaulting ambition, his lust for power takes a deadly turn until he ferociously usurps the kingdom. His reign, baptised in blood, spirals out of control and Macbeth's deeds come back to tear him down.
Macbeth is widely known as one of Shakespeare’s most violent plays and Icarus Theatre was keen to ensure that the action would deliver on this front. With every member of the cast required to fight at some point in the play the need for a good foundation in stage combat was essential. Ronin put all actors through a basic fight audition prior to casting and as a result was fortunate to work with a team both skilled and keen to throw themselves into the violence of the play.
The play opens with Macbeth demonstrating his prowess on the battlefield “The high-octane opening battle sets the scene for this dark tale on intrigue and violence... The action is fast-moving and unrelenting, so pay attention” – 5 Stars Carrick Biz.
The action continues throughout with murders and mass battles to music “punctuated with some striking fight choreography which explodes onstage at the requisite points” – Edinburgh Spotlight.
As with many of Shakespeare’s plays the story culminates with an epic showdown. “With sword, axe, spear and bare fist fighting it is an impressively energetic and dynamic production condensed into eighty minutes. - 5 Stars” – Remote Goat.
Macbeth commences its international tour in September.
Running time: approx 2 hours 30 minutes, including interval
Full tour schedule at: http://www.icarustheatre.co.uk/shows/macbeth.html