A Tale That Must be Told: Macbeth Brings the Bard to Young Ones in DiverseCity KL International Arts Festival 2017
Continuing with its success as the only theatre company that annually brings, since 2011, Shakespeare to Kuala Lumpur, the Greater Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru, the KL Shakespeare Players (KLSP) offers for the first time a family-friendly production of the Bard's Macbeth, which is suitable for children starting from 8 years old.
Working with a United Kingdom-based children's theatre consultant--Johnny Gillett, in the form of The Journey Man-- KLSP's Artistic Director Lim Kien Lee developed a storytelling format for a younger audience, incorporating colourful costumes, playthings, soundscapes and activities that children are familiar with.
A Tale that Must be Told: Macbeth is delivered in contemporary English and with some key phrases found in the Shakespeare play. This approach allows the young audience not only to follow the the story's main plot and themes but also to be familiar with famous utterances like, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair…" or "Double, double, toil and trouble…"
In fact, the three performers--Lim Soon Heng, Nave VJ and Rachel Chin-- will lead the young audience into these chants (including battle cries) and invite audience- participation in some key scenes, like the battle between the royal forces and the rebels, a banquet, the seduction of the witches and a dance. A Tale that Must be Told: Macbeth is not a sit-down- and-quietly- watch kind of performance. The production is part of DiverseCity KL International Arts Festival 2017 which begins on Thursday 31 August and will run for a month.
|When||Fri 8 Sep - Sun 10 Sep at 11am and 3:00pm, daily|
|Where||Studio Ramli Hassan, 8A Tepian Tunku, Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur|
|Tickets||RM35 + RM3 ticket handling fee|
|To Purchase||Go to http://diversecity.my/booking.php?event=10|
About KL Shakespeare Players
From an informal group which started in 2011, KLSP has established itself as the only theatre company in Malaysia that focuses on Shakespeare's works. Each year, it draws a diverse audience to watch Shakespeare performed live.
KLSP does so without running away from the Bard's language. Last year, KLSP traveled its Shakespeare Demystified: The Merchant of Venice, 2016 to 14 locations, performed more than 30 shows and to over 5,000 pairs of eyes. Beyond Kuala Lumpur, it traveled to Langkawi, Penang, Ipoh, Nilai, Seremban and Johor Bahru. This year, its Shakespeare Demystified: Macbeth will close with 40 performances, and for the first time in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.
KLSP's mission to take Shakespeare to every state in Malaysia, and eventually to all countries in Southeast Asia.
Besides its annual Shakespeare Demystified series, KLSP actively provides training and workshops based on the concept of "Learning Through Shakespeare". It works with instructors and students from universities, colleges, international and national schools, to increase their appreciation of the Bard, or to improve their communication skills, or to explore various aspect of stage craft, all rooted in Shakespeare's text and works.
About The Journey Man
Drawing from over twenty years of wide and varied performance-- as mime artist, speech and drama teacher, youth worker, storyteller-- The Journey Man, Johnny Gillett, now visits schools, museums, corporate training days, teacher training days, festivals, woodland, parks, youth centres, churches, conferences, art centres, residential centres, castles and many other venues to perform, lead workshops and teach.