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Macbeth Underground In Poole's Cavern


Poole's Cavern
11-15 Jul, 6:00pm-7:00pm, 7:15pm-8:15pm, 8:30pm-9:30pm

Photo: Torquil Macloud

A Festival Fringe wouldn’t be a Festival Fringe without some site-specific work, transplanting a play from the traditional theatre to an eye-catching improvised stage.  And there are few more eye-catching ideas than this one: arguably Shakespeare’s most portentous tragedy, relocated to the creepy subterranean confines of Poole’s Cavern.  Blood will have blood, stones have been known to move…  We can feel our spines tingling already.

At an hour long, this will clearly be a shortened version of Shakespeare’s script, but it promises to touch the essence of the king’s temptation and fall.  Lurking in the timeless shadows, the witches may haunt the audience as much as they do Macbeth, with the actors walking among the punters throughout the underground tour.

And a tour it will be: we’re promised we’ll get to see the whole of the show cave, which for out-of-town visitors may well prove part of the appeal.  When the hurly-burly’s done, though, any piece of theatre stands or falls on the quality of the performance – so it’s reassuring to see positive press for an earlier version of this work, in a similar cavern in Torquay.  Screw your courage to the sticking-place, and step into the darkness.

It's a constant 8 degrees Centigrade in Poole's Cavern, so dress warmly.  This is a promenade performance – you'll be on your feet for the whole hour.

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