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Mac-Beth 7

William Shakespeare, Gavin Quinn

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Mac-Beth 7


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By Shakespeare - A play about self-love and self-loathing. Dublin theatre company Pan Pan presents an unashamedly postcolonial interpretation of Macbeth. Mac-Beth 7 is a contemporary performance for theatre with a cast of actors, opera singers, a contemporary dancer and an eight-year-old girl.

There are three elements that are intertwined in Mac-Beth 7: Opera, Shakespeare & live contemporary performance. The music is original and composed by a young Irish contemporary classical composer, Andrew Synnott.

Mac-Beth 7 is an attempt to understand the feeling of reading one play in one year of school practically line by line. It could be described as a pictorial version that is based on the play but elaborated and built upon. When Macbeth by Shakespeare is performed do we see it as part of a series of “reincarnations” – new life created each time it is delivered as a play in action. In Mac-Beth 7 Pan Pan brings some of the body of Macbeth by William Shakespeare alive but only as a surprise to the rest. A seventh resurrection of Macbeth. It is not Macbeth born again by production but a new form, which has Macbeth as one of its seven parts.

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". Gavin Quinn is the joint artistic director of Pan Pan Theatre, which he founded with Aedin Cosgrove in 1991. Some of his productions include A Bronze Twist of Your Serpent muscles, Cartoon, Standoffish, Mac-Beth 7, One: healing with Theatre, and The Playboy of the Western World.

"Artistic illiteracy is still widespread. In theatre you make this fit your circumstances. In this production to fit the idea of Opera, music, dance, the particular characteristics and skills of the performers; this is the reality of the live performance, the reality of the stage over study of theatre, over this play as literature. In purpose to find the most innovative, surprising and stimulating dramatic form to communicate or tell the audience a story. I wish to explain, justify and expound the ideas and themes behind this production in the hope that you realise the performance created is intentional and deliberate and read it accordingly whether you feel the need to like or dislike the experience." The performance is not about psychology and psychoanalysis but about expression and language that can widen and deepen knowledge of human life. Pan Pan is willing to use any language of the theatre to express our intended meaning. Conventions, attitudes and barriers that are both psychological and physical are always limiting theatre. They try to approach theatre as an open form of expression. Pan Pan has developed an individual aesthetic that has grown from working in theatre performance for the last ten years. There are primary characteristics to our work: extreme energy and discipline, authenticity of the performer, humility of purpose, the world as a place of chaos and disorder full of oppositions, conflicts and complexities of existence." -  Gavin Quinn, Director

“This is, of course the passion and creativity that inspire Pan Pan to be different as well as entertaining, and we should be grateful for that.” - The Irish Times, April 2004

“Pan Pan has established a reputation for highly original, innovative and physical theatre that has won both admiration and awards.” - The Sunday Tribune, April 2004

“Pan Pan brilliantly deconstructed the place of Macbeth in the Irish schools curriculum.
” - The Guardian, June 2004

“When it comes to being innovative in the theatre in this country few would argue that Pan Pan are amongst the forerunners.” - The Irish Examiner, April 2004

“Theatrical innovation and excellence is the order of the day with Pan Pan.” - The Event Guide, January 2003

“Pan Pan, never neutral or dull.” - The Irish Times, October 2002

“Pan Pan, a breath of fresh air and a journey into the unknown.” - The Adelaide Advertiser, February 2000

MAC-BETH 7, nominated best production 2004 Irish Times Theatre Awards.

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