(Photographer: Jeff Busby)
Pictured: Aurora Kurth, Christian Bagin, Fiona Roake and John Forman

Creating humour out of one of Shakespeares’ most famous plays, comes the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s one-of-a-kind Macdeth, which delivers comedy in a cracking, kid-friendly classic while also delivering some of the play’s tastiest morsels of Shakespeare prose.

Showing at the Coopers Malthouse from the 6-19 April, Macdeth is a riveting and hilarious tale that combines Shakespeare rich language with everyday English. “We wanted to make a bloody tragedy about greed and avarice, full of foul purpose and murder, that was funny, engaging, and playfully theatrical.”, adds Director and Company 13 ensemble member James Pratt.

Launching in 2006, Company 13 started as a group of 13 theatre maker friends who had trained in Melbourne under the renowned teacher John Bolton in the Jacques le Coq tradition of European physical theatre forms.

Twelve years later the company are now incredibly well-known for their exquisite clowning, music, and storytelling. They create wickedly funny, dark, and thought-provoking works.

Producing a funny yet engaging performance.

Macdeth is not like the Shakespeare you did in High School. Funny, absurd, tragic and surprisingly painful at moments, this is a play that combines the main elements of a world-famous drama and creates it into something completely new.

Very well-acted, this part comedy performance part serious Shakespeare play is also comically silly. The play combines the most essential elements of Macbeth (like the drama) and storyline into a silly, and occasionally farcical performance. Showing the extreme nature of life in the play, it is good for a laugh, and is well-thought out entertainment, suitable for older children (maybe 7 and over). Delivering a contrasting darkness in the characters and the storyline that is wonderfully set against a comic relief for all to enjoy, this is nonetheless a performance that succeeds in bringing out the tragic and laughter, that few suspected possible in the Scottish play.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars