Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

It's Macbeth, but not was we know it

Belfast's Lyric Theatre is staging a new take on the Shakespeare classic – set to edgy contemporary music.

Northern Ireland-born composer Garth McConaghie and director Stuart Harvey have collaborated for a sung-through composition featuring “fierce electronic music” combined with modern choreography.

The performance is by the Youth Music Theatre, the UK’s leading music theatre company for young people aged 11-21.

“It's Shakespeare as you've never seen it before,” said a YMT spokesperson.

This twist on Macbeth is set in a nameless Asian state sometime in the future where the digital world has come to a grinding end. Macbeth is an ambitious head of security in a world of “treachery, deceit and blind ambition”.

Belfast-born McConaghie has worked extensively as a composer, arranger, sound designer, and musical director for theatre, television and studio.

His projects have included composing the score for the national BBC Comic Relief film Malaria which was part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony, in South Africa.

The performance runs from 23 July - 26 July at the Lyric theatre.

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