'Fair is foul and foul is fair.' The witches' paradoxical equivocation underscores this study of Macbeth's 'vaulting ambition that o'erleaps itself.' The naked Trump-like greed of the title character is focused in Rob Pensalvini's tones that grow darker as the woods of Birnam come to Dunsinane and he must encounter John Siggers's Macduff, who was 'from his mother's womb untimely ripp'd.'
Other highlights include the witches' prophecies, Lady Macbeth's (Rebecca Murphy) descent in characterisation from ambitious housewife from hell to hell itself, and the Banquo's ghost scene.
Macbeth in the Dark is a worthy undertaking, especially given the Federal government's indifference towards the arts community's loss of livelihood during the pandemic. The audio-play is available at Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble under a 'pay-what-you-can' arrangement until November 4.