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The Farndale Avenue - Macbeth at Marloo

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This is, as we have been told many, many times this year, the four hundred and fiftieth anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth.

Consequently this important milestone has led to many productions of his plays. Marloo Theatre, for example, led the way with three plays in combination with Garrick and Kads theatres - Macbeth, Othello and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Marloo's own production of Macbeth was very well received and they are following it with a rather less intense and serious version, called in full, The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of Macbeth written by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr.

The premise is that the local CWA-equivilent is taking part in an am-dram competition and is mounting Macbeth.

The stage manager is surly, the leading lady is playing Macbeth and the stage manager has to fill in for Lady Macbeth, who caught the bus to the wrong hall.

Marloo Theatre, Macbeth, Gail Palmer, Shakespeare
The Stage manager (Rod ney Stickles-Palmer) trying on costumes as Lady Macbeth (Photo courtesy Marloo Theatre)

The adjudicator's mind isn't really on the job and one actress has been injured ... several times.

Marloo Theatre, Macbeth, Gail Palmer, Shakespeare
The Farndale Avenue Macbeth in rehearsal (Rachel Vonk, Siobhan Vincent and Rodney Stickles-Palmer. Photo courtesy of Marloo Theatre

The whole mess is just gorgeous fun and Marloo has rather cleverly chosen Gail Palmer to direct. This award-winning director has many productions to her credit over the years and as well as more serious work she has a very light hand with a comedy, and this the Farndale Avenue Macbeth most assuredly is.

The director as well as her impressive CV has a theatrical background - her parents Phil and Ena Harris were founding members of the Darlington Theatre Players nearly sixty years ago.

Phil Harris was an acclaimed director of Shakespeare at Marloo and one can't help but wonder what he would have thought of this play! Gail has put together a highly talented cast - Neroli Burton, Richard Coleman, Siobhan Vincent, Rodney Stickles-Palmer, Rachel Vonk, Fi Livings and Taneal Thompson making welcome returns to the Marloo Stage.

The play runs from the 4th July until the 19th at 8pm with two 2pm matinees at Marloo Theatre, Marloo Road, Greenmount.

Tickets are $20 for adults, Concession and children $18. Bookings may be made by ringing Gwyne on 9255 1783.

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Why? A good hearty belly laugh of a play
When: 2pm and 8pm
Phone: 9255 1783
Where: Marloo Theatre, 20 Marloo Road, Greenmount, WA
Cost: Adults $20, Concession $18
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