Third World Bunfight MACBETH (South Africa)

15/09/2015 - 19/09/2015


In this radical take on Verdi’s Macbeth, Shakespeare’s story of greed, tyranny and remorse is set in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), amongst the wars and ruthless exploitation that tear that invisible corner of the world apart.


Macbeth has been adapted from Verdi’s original score by Belgian composer Fabrizio Cassol. Performed by a 12-piece on-stage chamber orchestra – the spirited trans-Balkan ‘No Borders Orchestra’ – conducted by Premil Petrovic with 10 rich-voiced South African singers, and with captivating lighting design by Felice Ross, this is theatre for today: moving, fascinating, fast-paced and threaded through with African musical and theatrical influences.


Macbeth will Premiere at the Brisbane Festival 2015 (Australian Exclusive) - see details below


Playhouse, QPAC

15 - 19 September 2015 






THIRD WORLD BUNFIGHT (‘TWB’) is a performance company that has maintained its position at the forefront of South African performance throughout its nineteen-year history.


TWB presents the diverse works of South African artist, Brett Bailey:
theatre productions, installations, operas, house music shows, and site-specific performances.
His idiosyncratic, iconoclastic works focus a probing lens on the world we live in; in particular the post-colonial landscape of Africa, and the historical and contemporary relations between Africa and the West.


"Undoubtedly the most exciting, provocative stage director in South Africa." (Sunday Independent, South Africa)


“An unforgettable musical and dramatic experience.” (The Argus, South Africa)


"This is not just another night at the opera, it's a séance - where high Western art meets a pan-African ethos, tongue firmly in post-colonial cheek." (The Star, South Africa)


“There can be no denying the power and originality of this astonishing appropriation of Verdi’s Macbeth…there’s blazing intensity and savage wit in Bailey’s staging, too… Nobulumko Mngxekeza who is positively a knockout as a fearsome, fearless Lady Macbeth… One comes away chilled and thrilled, but also awed.”***** (Telegraph, UK)


The company has a mission to create and present innovative, multi-layered, deeply considered performance and installation works of excellence, both locally and internationally; works that reveal the beauty, the wonder, the darkness and the tragedy of our world.