HECATE : Bell Shakespeare and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

Bell Shakespeare will be working with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company on HECATE. Commissioned by Perth Festival and opening 5 February at Subiaco Arts Centre, this is the first large-scale Shakespeare production entirely in Noongar.

HECATE : Bell Shakespeare and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

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

https://www.perthfestival.com.au/event/hecate/

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