Friday 24 • 8pm
Saturday 25 • 8pm
by William Shakespeare
Director Sharon Maine
Gemco Players in Artistic Collaboration with Page to Stage
The Gem Community Theatre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald Vic 3782
Enquiries: 5968 2844
Gemco Players in Association with Page to Stage are in the final week of performances of Shakespeare’s Scottish play.
This production of ‘Macbeth’ is directed by Sharon Maine who has created a very smooth running and immersive production.
She has set the play on an open stage with a huge, mainly red, circle on the dark stage floor. The circle is surrounded by wooden benches and stools with more stools on the floor in the area between the stage and the seated audience.
This device, with the easily maneuverable furniture, means that characters not directly involved in the action don’t have to exit the stage and can quickly return to the main scene when required.
Lighting is deliberately kept dim throughout the performance which creates a somewhat sinister air of mystery and intrigue.
Seated in the background, the witches, played by Joy McLeary, Anna St Clair and Katrina Alvarez, become a looming presence on stage with their glowing lamps and when they spring into action their diction and mannerisms augment the ghostly atmosphere.
Swashbuckling, tall dark and handsome Michael Fenemore cuts a fine figure as Macbeth. Michael has graced many stages from Macedon to Lilydale and points in between and plays the tragic hero literally to the hilt.(there is a sword fight).
Other notable performances include Elise D’Amico as Lady Macbeth and Lachlan Mason as Banquo.
This production should be mandatory viewing for anyone studying ‘Macbeth’ and is sufficiently inventive to be satisfying for those wanting to revisit this Shakespearian masterpiece.
There are only two more performances of this eerily gripping production at 8pm next Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March at The Gem Theatre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald.
Book your tickets via www.gemcoplayers.org
Also reviewed by Holi Walsh - Shakespeare Oz
Macbeth tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness, and death.
Macbeth: Michael Fenemore
Lady Macbeth: Elise D'Amico
Banquo: Lachlan Mason
Fleance: Emilio Maine Hernandez
Macduff: Lucas Thomas
Lady Macduff: Kate McManus
Child of Macduff: Lily Calder
King Duncan: Chris O'Neill
Malcolm: Andrew Tomazos
Witch 1: Joy McLeary
Witch 2: Anna St Clair
Witch 3: Katrina Alvarez
Captain/Porter/Murderer 2: David Coonan
Ross: Harrison Rose
Angus/Murderer 1: Josh Harkness
Lennox/Ensemble: James Walker
Gentlewoman/Ensemble: Tamara Dahmen
Young Siward/Ensemble: Conor O'Neill
Gentlewoman / Ensemble: Henrietta St Clair
Old Man / Ensemble: Don Black
Doctor / Ensemble: Chris Newport
Hecate / Ensemble: Carmela Pezzimenti
Messenger / Ensemble: Emma Newport
Please be advised that there will be a lock out at the start of each performance. Late comers will be admitted at the first suitable break.