Fringe review: Macbeth Muet

MACBETH MUET by the company (La Fille Du Laitier). At Tarragon Mainspace. July 9 at 10:30 pm, July 11 at.

MACBETH MUET by the company (La Fille Du Laitier). At Tarragon Mainspace. July 9 at 10:30 pm, July 11 at 1:15 pm, July 13 at 9:45 pm, July 14 at 2:30 pm, July 15 at 12:30 pm. See listing. Rating: NNNNN

Macbeth Muet (or Mute Macbeth in English) is one the most imaginative shows Ive ever seen at the Fringe.

The description in the Fringe program gives the misleading impression that it’s a silly whirlwind run-through of Shakespeares tragedy. It is not. In fact, its a brilliant alternative presentation of Shakespeares play told through physical theatre and the manipulation of everyday objects, much in the style of the Belgian hand puppetry show Kiss & Cry seen at Canadian Stage.

When playing the Macbeths, performers Clara Prevost and Jeremie Francoeur are as impressive as the best young classical actors. Though they may be silent, their work is timed precisely to a pre-recorded soundtrack chosen from an enormous range of music, each selection reinforcing the meaning of a given sequence. Prevost chillingly enacts Lady Macbeths sleepwalking scene to Simon and Garfunkels The Sound of Silence.

The production views the Macbeths quest for power as their way of deadening their envy of other peoples families. Three interpolated prologues show how the Macbeths carelessness led to the death of their children they contrast with Banquo and the Macduffs, who lovingly cared for their offspring.

When Francoeur as Macbeth smashes the six eggs representing Macduffs children the effect is horrifying. Elsewhere, the show is filled with laughter, not at any foolishness but because of the continually amazing inventiveness of the performers in creating powerful imagery from such ordinary objects as tablecloths, cups, plates and flashlights.

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