Owen Metsileng as Macbeth and Nobulumko Mngxekeza as Lady Macbeth - photo by Nicky Newman
In this radical take on the seminal opera, combining bold visuals with a reconstructed score sung by a South African ensemble, Brett Bailey sets his Macbeth in a troubled, post-colonial Africa.
Refugee performers, fleeing from conflict within Congo, 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 retell the story from their own perspective – a conflict-ravaged, exploited homeland where a warlord and his wife seize power of a province and militia fight to the death over mineral resources.
Nobulumko Mngxekeza as Lady Macbeth and Owen Metsileng as Macbeth - photo by Nicky Newman
Info: Third World Bunfight/Brett Bailey – Macbeth after Verdi is at the Barbican Theatre from 16 - 20 Sept 2014 | Book tickets
Third World Bunfight/Brett Bailey – Exhibit B is at Shoreditch Town Hall from 23 - 27 Sept 2014 | Book tickets