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Macbeth at Roleystone Theatre

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Shakespeare's Macbeth and seeking power for its own sake
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The story of Macbeth stems from a prophecy told by a group of witches.


One of Shakespeare's great tragedies – known as "the Scottish play" in some circles – will highlight the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition at Roleystone Theatre this September.

Directed by Paul Treasure, Macbeth is the story of Scottish general told a prophecy by a group of witches who claim he will one day be king. That night, the king stays at the general's castle so, together with his wife, he decides to speed the prophecy along.

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Mel Sklenars and Joel Sammels rehearse a scene as Lady Macbeth and Macbeth in Shakespeare's famous play.


Paul said he had previously directed the Shakespeare comedies A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing and wanted to tackle one of his tragedies. "Macbeth has always felt, rather than some of his other tragedies, like it's a rollicking good story that moves along at a cracking pace," he said.

"There's a strong supernatural theme running through the play and it's going to be a challenge to try and get the menace required, without it seeming trite or passe. It's also very interesting how we are definitely living in a different world than we were even 10 years ago and all the potential plots and counterplots barely hinted at in the play have come to the surface a lot more."

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Mel Sklenars is embracing the role of Lady Macbeth.


Acting for more than 25 years, Paul has performed in most of Perth's theatres – mainly with Roleystone, Kwinana and Marloo Theatres and the Mandurah Performing and Koorliny Arts Centres. He has several acting awards and nominations to his credit, including a 2014 Finley Award for best actor in a musical for his role as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof with Murray Music and Drama. Never far from the stage, Paul is president of Roleystone Theatre and former president of the Independent Theatre Association.

Saying "Macbeth", or even quoting from the play, is considered bad luck in the theatrical world – and Paul admits to being a superstitious actor. "Luckily, the superstition does not count if you are actually doing the play," he said.

"The one superstition we are sticking to is that it's unlucky to say the final speech of the play, except in performance. So the first time the actor playing Malcolm actually says it inside the theatre will be on opening night!"

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Swords come to the fore in Macbeth as Banquo (Sam Barnett, left) and Macbeth (Joel Sammels) work out their choreography.


Sam Barnett plays Banquo, Macbeth's friend and fellow captain on battlefield. "He's not nearly so cunning but is much more ferocious and is often forgotten by the greater lords and kings," he said.

"It's been a long time since I've worked on a Shakespearean play and working my mouth around the Elizabethan language and turns of phrase is a bit trickier than I remembered. It has also been some years since I worked on a show that required fight choreography."

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Sam Barnett ponders his next move as Banquo in Macbeth.


Originally performing at school before going on to study drama and performance at Edith Cowan University, Sam has appeared with the Old Mill, Phoenix and Roleystone Theatres, Laughing Horse Productions, Playlovers and the Koorliny Arts Centre in a variety of productions. He received a best actor nomination at the annual Finley Awards for his role Bengal Tiger at Baghdad Zoo in 2015.

"I studied Macbeth in the past and quite enjoyed and feel a connection to it through my Scottish heritage," Sam said."I have worked with director Paul Treasure a number of times in the past and am always excited see what he is working on."

Macbeth plays at 8pm September 1, 2, 6, 8 and 9. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on 6396 1557 or at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au. Roleystone Theatre is located at 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone, opposite the Croyden Road junction.

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Why? When you look at the parallels with today’s politicians, it’s astounding – and it’s also one of the Bard’s great works.
When: 8pm September 1, 2, 6, 8, 9
Phone: 6396 1557
Where: Roleystone Theatre, 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone
Cost: $20, $15 concession
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