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MacBeki - Little Theatre Feb.
Posted February 7th, 2009 - 8:51 am by from Odessa, United States (Permalink)

MACBEKI, written by Pieter-Dirk Uys, opens the UCT Drama Department’s 2009 theatre season.

MACBEKI is the story of one leader making way for another.
Ambition, intrigue, gossip, rumour and political manipulation are the order of the day. The old king is replaced by the younger Lord MacBeki who, with his companion Lady Manto, guide their ambitions towards absolute power. The pretender to the throne, Lord MacZum, gathers strength and support. Confrontations become more ominous and inevitable.

Three witches, cleverly disguised as journalists from major newspapers, predict power to MacBeki and present riddles about those who oppose him. Most of their predictions come true and when the Macbeki’s are sovereign lord and lady of the land, it seems nothing can stop them. However, soon cracks appear in the foundations of power. The people are waiting delivery of promises. A Virus sweeps the land. Arrogance and corruption divert attention from the success of many aspects in this Kingdom.

Pieter-Dirk Uys has taken his main inspiration from Shakespeare’s MACBETH and structured a satirical play around it, with the focus on a familiar political setting, enriched by many laughs. Unlike Shakespeare, Pieter-Dirk Uys does not spill blood in his play. He spills the beans. He makes us laugh at the transparency of the ruling elite who lie to protect themselves at all costs.

MACBEKI, a farce to be reckoned with, is directed and designed by Christopher Weare with a cast of 10. Recent productions by Weare include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Buried Child and The Zoo Story. Lighting is by Daniel Galloway (Kramer Petersen Songbook, Koos Sas, Not the Midnight Mass, Three Wise Men, Tango Nights) and Costumes are by Leigh Bishop (Safari, The Mysteries & The Magic Flute, 10 000BC, Ghost in the darkness)

MACBEKI opens at The Little Theatre 25 February and must close on the 21 March 2009. Tickets are from R30 per learner/scholar to R60 per adult. For more information and bookings please dial 084 395 8381.