The Theatre Royal's the stage for Nelson College performance of Macbeth

Abel Johnston plays Macbeth (left), and Archie Smith plays Siward in the upcoming production of Macbeth by Nelson College.
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Abel Johnston plays Macbeth (left), and Archie Smith plays Siward in the upcoming production of Macbeth by Nelson College.

It's a post apocalyptic world where tribes have taken over a small corner of Scotland and an ambitious noble is plotting the downfall of his king.

That world will be created on the Theatre Royal stage where up to 80 Nelson College students will collide next week to perform Shakespeare's Macbeth.

The school's head of drama and the director of the piece Luke Walton said the production would be a musical, dance and multimedia extravaganza.

Tabatha Pini-Hall plays Lady Macbeth.
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Tabatha Pini-Hall plays Lady Macbeth.

"It will be quite rich with what the boys have to offer. There is a lot of haka, stage combat and original songs performed by a band."

Students from Nelson College for Girls also take part.

"It's been adapted of course and we are trying to tell the story so people can understand it."

Walton said the inspiration for the setting came from a scholarship he took to the Globe in London where he saw a similar idea used with Gaelic culture. The more he researched the more similarities he saw and potentials to use Maori culture within the piece.

"I banked that away for a long time."

He combined that with the experience of acting in the play himself as MacDuff with the theatre company Body in Space.

Many of his students study Macbeth and he knew that his juniors had performed a shortened version of it before so thought they would all have a good grasp of the material.

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"So far I'm very pleased with the cast. They have done a lot of their own interpretation. It's interesting work."

Walton said the show was only on for three days and hoped people got in quick to avoid missing out on tickets.

Macbeth at Theatre Royal Nelson, Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 of May at 7pm. Tickets through www.eventfinda.co.nz

 

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