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Perth Festival: HECATE

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A Perth Festival Commission
Presented in association with Bell Shakespeare

In a world where the Noongar language is spoken by all, a yarn about a Scottish king is retold.

Join Yirra Yaakin, one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal performing arts organisations for Australia’s first large-scale Shakespeare production entirely in Noongar.

Hecate, queen of the witches, is usually omitted from productions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Most directors are unsure of what to do with her. Here, she is at the heart of everything watching as Macbeth strives toward power at any cost, all the while knowing that order must be restored; that Country always trumps human ambition and greed.

In 1833 colonist Robert Menli Lyon wrote in reference to Noongar people that ‘the whole of each tribe are bards’. This world premiere event puts those words to the test. Having spent years studying and reclaiming their endangered Noongar language, a star ensemble use this audacious adaptation as a springboard to showcase its poetic and expressive qualities.

Tickets

When?

2.00pm Saturday, February 15 – 9.00pm Sunday, February 16

Where?

Subiaco Arts Centre
180 Hamersley Road
Subiaco, Western Australia

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