Touring company Platform 4 brings its latest production of Macbeth to the Unity next week.
Employing sparse staging whilst keeping the play intact, compelling, and fresh, the company creates a “taut electric psychodrama” that is brought alive by sound designer Jules Bushell and composer and guitarist Bic Hayes. Characters appear from the shadows and disappear into the darkness as part of a nightmarish vision.
Platform 4 says it has has developed a reputation for creating stunning visual theatre; “blending text, movement and objects with evocative sound and light, to create unique theatrical gems”.
Founded in 1997, the company has developed a style of work that is quirky, heavily based on the visual arts, physical play and devising. For the last twelve years Platform 4 have been making performance work that tours nationally and creating participatory cross-art projects and street theatre events that feed off and influence each other.
“We aim to create environments that surround and envelop an audience with sound, light and scene from the moment they walk into the space,” says artistic director Caroline Church.
“The process of creating a Platform 4 show is collaborative and inclusive – all members of the creative team have input into the design, sound, direction, text and narrative – it incorporates the writer, director, designer, lighting designer, sound designer, dramaturg and actors. Every piece we make is unique in its own way but this spirit of collaboration is an ethos, which is very important to the company.”
You can catch Macbeth at the Unity from Tuesday February 7 to Wednesday February 8.