Volcano Theatre Company, Swansea, United Kingdom, 1999
Author: William Shakespeare
Directed by Nigel Charnock

about the production

Volcano's fourth collaboration with Nigel Charnock is by no means a classical representation of the Shakespeare original. Rather, it is a violent and disturbing interpretation of Macbeth, informed by the terrors that impinge on our daily lives. Drawing on the recent case of British serial killers Fred and Rose West, and focusing on the primitivism that is central to the play, the company seeks to explore the banality of evil. Macbeth is a record of man's inhumanity to man, of a human nature indelibly marked by murder, greed and lust. It is also one of the most poignant analyses of a fractured personality in crisis, a personality impelled on an unstoppable journey of self and social destruction.


performers: Fem Smith & Paul Davies
direction: Nigel Chamock
video: Rheinhard Lorenz
lighting & design: Andrew Jones
production & stage management: Rhodri Rhys
additional music: Stewart Lucas
script adaptation: Nigel Chamock
concept: Paul Davies & Fem Smith
administration: Mandy Edwards


Nigel Chamock (1960) trained in drama for three years and then in dance at the London School of Contemporary Dance. In 1986 co-founded DVB Physical Theatre with Lloyd Newson, in 1990 won a London Performance Award for his performance in DVB's Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men. Over the next years he joined the filming of several films staged two solo dance performance and choreographies, especially for the Volcano Theatre Company, Danish theatre company 'Tinbox' and for The Charnock Company – his own company he founded in 1996. Nigel Charnock is in demand to teach workshops in the UK and overseas and has held workshops in Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Switzerland.

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Scripts of the production: SK, EN

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