witchmacbethforest is a new work set to premiere in 2023/24. As the title suggests, it is based on Shakespeare's Macbeth but leaving the title role in the dressing room and turning our attention to the background and the landscape. The story is reconstructed from the points of view of the non-human: the forest that is cut down, bodies sliced open, the filthy air and the ground. Can the battlefield speak?
witchmacbethforest is part of my ongoing work with ecology and more-than-human perspectives. I'm excited to work with Shakespeare again, almost five years after Hamlet.
“Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal. Nature always strikes back - and it is already doing so with growing force and fury. Biodiversity is collapsing. One million species are at risk of extinction. Ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes… Human activities are at the root of our descent towards chaos.” (António Guterres, general secreaty of the United Nations, 2020).
In the fall of 2021, we are arranging a series of readings of the text for this work-in-progress, in collaboration with a handful of theatres in the Netherland.
The development of the text has been supported by LIRA fonds and Dramatikkens Hus.