Macbeth: Socially Distanced Theatre in the Close

Classical touring theatre company, This Is My Theatre, is reviving their critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and performing at The Medieval Hall (Cathedral Close) in Salisbury on 30 and 31 October 2020, at 5pm and 7.30pm.

Using the play’s original language in combination with traditional Scottish Gaelic music played live and choral song, this beautiful adaptation performed by a cast of four actors will captivate audiences of all ages.

This Is My Theatre is also part of “Signal Fires” which is a national initiative by touring theatre companies inspired by one of the original forms of theatre – storytelling around a fire.

Our “Signal Fires” are a tribute to the difficulties the theatre industry is facing due to the current pandemic and aims to create a beacon of light across the country that connects audiences, artists and theatres.

Sarah Slator, director of This Is My Theatre said:

“In our adaptation of this Shakespearean classic we use the witches as the driving force for the action, the storytellers, without whom there would not be a tale. The witches will gather around a fire pit incorporated into the set, to traditional Scottish Gaelic song at the start of the show, within which we will place scrolls listing all our venues affected by the pandemic in the county in which we are performing that night. At the first and last performance, at our own open-air venue in Sussex, we will have a real fire burning throughout. The ashes from the first will remain in the fire pit throughout the tour, the real flames replaced by lighting effects. At the final performance, all of the scrolls will be lit to create our final “signal fire”.”

This is dedicated to each of the venues toured by the theatre company, which have been unable to re-open or host theatre productions since the start of the pandemic.

The theatre company has worked hard to bring you an exciting night of theatre in a safe environment. Measures are in place at all venues to ensure the show adheres to government guidelines and is safe for audiences to attend including reduced capacities, socially distanced seating, paperless tickets and hand sanitisation stations.

Tickets are available to purchase here: www.thisismytheatre.com/macbeth-2020

The show has been well received by critics:

“A well-conceived and stylish adaptation, confident in its voice and at home in its venue… Of all the Macbeths I’ve encountered in my years at the Fringe, this might just be the most evocative… and most thrilling.” – Fringe Guru, *****

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