‘Macbeth’ scene gets Maori treatment

Performing in a Maori-themed version of a Macbeth scene are Kavanagh College pupils Troy Kuballa (16, front) as Macduff and Ted Kerr-Bell (16) as Macbeth for the Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ Regional University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival at King’s High School in Dunedin yesterday.

The scene was backed with the sound of live drums while Macduff and Macbeth fought with taiaha, then progressed to fisticuffs.

Troy said it was good to have the freedom to shake up the performance however they saw fit.

Otago regional representative Debbie Vercoe said nine schools participated in the event this year.

Each group directed and performed a short scene.

Young people still loved Shakespeare and the themes of his work were relevant to everything in today’s world, she said. 

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