TWO Rockingham residents will take centre stage as the main protagonists in the production of Macbeth at Roleystone Theatre next month .
Baldivis resident Mel Sklenar will play Lady MacBeth and Joel Sammels will play Macbeth in one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies.
The play will highlight the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition.
Directed by Paul Treasure, Macbeth is the story of a Scottish general who was given a prophecy by a group of witches, who claim he will one day be king.
One night, while the king is asleep, Macbeth and his wife decide to speed the prophecy along.
Treasure said he had previously directed the Shakespeare comedies A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing and wanted to tackle one of the Bard’s tragedies.
“Macbeth has always felt, rather than some of his other tragedies, like it’s a rollicking good story that moves along at a cracking pace,” he said.
“There’s a strong supernatural theme running through the play and it’s going to be a challenge to try and get the menace required, without it seeming trite or passe.
“It’s also very interesting how we are definitely living in a different world than we were even 10 years ago and all the potential plots and counterplots barely hinted at in the play have come to the surface a lot more.”
Acting for more than 25 years, Treasure has performed in most of Perth’s theatres, mainly with Roleystone, Kwinana and Marloo theatres and the Mandurah performing and Koorliny arts centres.
Macbeth is at Roleystone Theatre, 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone at 8pm September 1, 2, 6, 8 and 9.
Tickets are $20 or $15 concession. To book phone 6396 1557 or visit www.roleystonetheatre.com.au.