(a mind diseased)
Developed in collaboration with Ukrainian composer Dmitriy Saratsky, who has created the music and soundscape, and with movement by Cheska Bridge, this new production is an edit of Macbeth for one actor. It is an examination of the genesis of tyranny, a portrait of a psychotic state of mind, of murderous delusion and paranoia.
International co-operation has been an important part of the development of this monodrama. Initially in collaboration with the Accademia Nico Pepe in Udine, Italy, who brought Dmitriy from Kyiv for a week of rehearsals, culminating in a workshop performance on July 17th 2002 at the summer academy festival, "Borders and Identity”.
And subsequently with Daugavpils Theatre, Latvia, who also brought composer and director together for rehearsals, and a preview performance on 14th October 2022. Daugavpils is a small city in eastern Latvia; it has a large Russian speaking population and is close to the border Latvia shares with both Russia and Belarus.
The single evening performance (with surtitles) was sold out, the politics of the piece was palpable, and it was very well received by the audience. The company will now return to the rehearsal room and explore where language might intersect with sound and film to create a more vivid, dynamic, modern Shakespearean production.
Running time: 50 mins.
Available for touring, residencies and further international collaborations.