Macbeth is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, so I was really excited to come across Signifying Nothing while I was at Holden Street seeing another show. I am not, however, the biggest Greg Fleet fan, and seeing how he wrote and stars in Signifying Nothing that could have been an issue, but I figured it was worth a shot.
Signifying Nothing is a modern take on Macbeth, recasting the characters into an Australian Political Party in the throes of an election.
Classic Shakespearean prose is interwoven with Aussie lingo and plenty of swearing as a power tripping Macbeth and his unhinged wife get lost in a flurry of drugs (this is Fleet's show let's not forget) deceit and corruption in their attempt to climb to the top.
Set to a fast-paced loud soundtrack and interspersed with video footage, Signifying Nothing is a creative, innovative piece of theatre and really quite clever in concept.
In reality, something was slightly off with the chemistry on the stage. I didn't quite grasp Greg Fleet and Nicola Bartlett (Lainey Macbeth) as a team. Both performers were good in their own way, but didn't gel together.
Signifying Nothing is showing at Holden Street Theatres until March 19th.