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Macbeth @ Marloo Theatre

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by Roxy Callaghan (subscribe)
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Shakespeare and I have never really gotten along very well. It's almost as if we speak a different language.

So when I was invited to the final dress rehearsal of Macbeth as part of a preview audience I was not entirely sure about what to expect. I studied Macbeth at school and roughly knew the plot but it seemed so confusing.

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David Green (Messenger) and Macbeth (Joe Isaia) in Marloo Theatre's "Macbeth

Macbeth is one of three plays put on at Marloo Theatre as part of the Shakespeare Anniversary Festival.

It's a lovely theatre, with a much bigger stage than you would expect. The stage was set as an Elizabethean theatre might be, with half-timbering and a raised smaller stage in the middle.

Macbeth is directed by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce, an award winning actor and director with long experience and his cast are the cream of local talent.

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Joe and Kylie Isaia as Lord and Lady Macbeth (Photo by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce)

From the very first moment, I was hooked - creepy, discordant music that trailed off into bagpipes and eerie green light that brought the witches into focus and off we went.

[ADVERT]The play seemed to go fast, but that was because I was so involved. The actors spoke their lines so that I understood, for the first real time, what the lines meant.

It's a big cast, and they were all good, but some were unbelievably good. Macbeth (Joe Isaia) was strong, then weak, then storming, then evil, but always riveting on stage. You just couldn't keep your eyes off him.... unless it was when Lady Macbeth was on stage.

Lady Macbeth is played by Joe's wife, Kylie, and she was just marvellous. She was sexy and attractive, but not evil at all. She seemed to want to support and urge her husband rather just want to be do it for the sake of herself or for sheer wickedness.

Towards the end I even felt very sorry for her as her husband goes mad (spoilers) and all her plans fall apart.

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Richard Hadler as Banquo in Macbeth at Marloo Theatre (Photo by Amanda Minutillo)

The cast was huge, with soldiers and kings and thanes as well as servants and witches all coming off and on with clockwork precision. The scene changes happened seamlessly, with the audience never being left in the dark and the special effects were stunning.

The supporting cast were all strong, the porter was vulgar and funny, McDuff was good-looking and dashing and his sword fight with Macbeth was just scary. David Green was the fight choreographer and he and the actors must have spent many hours in practice.

There was one interval and the play ran for about two hours, which just flew by. Acting, direction, costume, lighting, sound effects were all very professional and I can thoroughly recommend Macbeth to you. My congratulations to everyone involved.

Macbeth runs until the 26th April and booking can be made on the TryBooking website.

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Why? Witches, kings, murder, great acting - why not?
When: 2pm and 8pm
Phone: 0418934850
Where: Marloo Theatre, 20 Marloo Road, Greenmount
Cost: $22
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