Tag Archives: Macbeth

“Leaders wanted!” Sing a song of regicide: Freewill’s Macbeth, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Macbeth (Freewill Shakespeare Festival at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Society) “Leaders Wanted.” “Why Not You?” “Volunteer Here.” At the start of Macbeth, three raffish figures in scavenged combat gear stand onstage holding signs and eyeballing … Continue reading

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Will goes fringing: Freewill Shakespeare Festival takes their resident playwright to the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For more than three decades, they’ve camped out in the river valley every summer with the world’s most famous playwright. And they’ve shown off their artist-in-residence in big full-bodied productions under the Heritage Amphitheatre canopy. For … Continue reading

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Backyard Bard, live and on demand: the Freewill Shakespeare Festival brings the plays to you

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You can have a fling with Shakespeare this summer. And, hey, he’ll come to your place to hang out. As they announced on Will’s 457th birthday April 23, the Freewill Shakespeare Festival has had to take … Continue reading

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The Malachite Macbeth haunts a church: a review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In this the mournful post-festive season, there is something more than a little unnerving about entering a vaulted dimly lit chamber, to the wail of a single violin. The shadows of a pale, spectral giant tree … Continue reading

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They rise again: The Malachites are back with Macbeth

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “When shall we three meet again/ In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” chant the Witches in the opening moment of Shakespeare’s fleet, dark, violent Macbeth.  Or in snow? Yes, Malachite Theatre, a London/Canada collective whose mission … Continue reading

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“Grotesque fun” with Shakespeare: Macbeth Muet and the return of Surreal SoReal. A Fringe preview

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Grotesque fun,” says Jon Lachlan Stewart. “There’s a lot of laughs in our production. And then there’s not….” He’s talking about Macbeth Muet, a 60-minute version of Shakespeare’s swift and brutal tragedy that dismisses every Forsooth … Continue reading

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Shakespeare reimagined into Cree cosmology: Pawâkan Macbeth

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Whenever you do indigenous theatre, it’s never just theatre,” says Reneltta Arluk. “It’s theatre and….” The Inuvialuit Cree Dene actor/ playwright/ director/ artistic director — and the Banff Centre’s new head of indigenous arts — is … Continue reading

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