Whatever you do, don’t call it ‘Macbeth’.

Among actors, Macbeth is said to he plagued by a spell which brings bad luck and the 11th commandment among actors is never to mention its name. Coincidentally, the very aspect of the play that proved its popularity is thought to be the origin of a dreadful curse. Rumour has it that Shakespeare used genuine rituals to create the first scene of Act IV, in which the audience observes the weird sisters dancing, chanting and mixing a peculiar concoction in their cauldron. Some people believe that the real witches of Shakespeare’s time were displeased with the theatrical representation of their rituals and, subsequently, placed a curse on the play. Another theory asserts that the notion of bad luck in connection with Macbeth developed in theatre companies, because it would often be nominated as a fallback play. In other words, if injury or illness prevented a company from performing their scheduled play, Macbeth would be performed instead. Largely, this was because Macbeth required a smaller cast and, being a short play, there were fewer lines for the actors to memorise. Additionally, due to its popularity, Macbeth would often be the play performed by struggling theatre companies. Unfortunately, reversing the fortunes of a failing company is a lot to expect from one play, so, inevitably, Macbeth was often the last play performed by many theatre companies. This is also attributed as a root of the belief that Macbeth is a ‘bad luck’ play.

 The Scottish Play by Graham Holliday deals with one man’s obsession with producing and directing an amateur production of Macbeth and the disasters, often hilarious, that result. Michael, one of the better actors of amateur theatre society The Shellsfoot Thespians, has always had a dream of directing Shakespeare’s Scottish play. Having found an empty slot in the acting schedule of that year and having convinced the rather influential diva member of the society, Michael starts the auditions for Shakespeare’s most cursed play. When his wife and his best friend are cast in the leading parts, the problems start to surface. The question is whether these problems are caused by a stubborn desire to realize his unfulfilled dream or by the curse that has surrounded this play ever since it was first quilled  by the Bard.
Out, damned curse, out!
The Scottish Play by Graham Holliday
Agent: Dominie P/L
Directed by Maryanne Doolan
Torquay Theatre Troupe Inc
Senior Citizens Hall
Price Street
Melways Reference: Map 237 G6

April 15,16,17,22,23,24 at 8:00 pm
April 24 Matinee at 2:00 pm
Adults: $17.00 | Concession: $13.00

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