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  • 16 September

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    Macbeth: Leila and Ben- A Bloody History

    (Tunisia, France)

    Artistes, Producteurs, Associés,

    Tunisia has changed irreversibly since French-Tunisian theatre group Artistes Producteurs Associés presented Hobb Story: Instructions for Arab Love at LIFT 2010. Yet whilst the rest of Tunisia looks forward to a hopefully brighter future following the Arab Spring, Artistes Producteurs Associés looked to Macbeth for a new perspective on the seismic events that played out on the streets of Tunis and across the Arab world.

    Macbeth: Leïla and Ben – A Bloody History made Shakespeare’s text startlingly and shockingly relevant to today, blending the company’s trademark multimedia techniques with TV reportage to portray deposed Tunisian dictator President Zine El Abadine Ben Ali and his wife Leïla as the North African equivalents of Shakespeare’s infamous King and Queen. Their determination to keep their grip on power shows that Macbeth’s story of brutality, backstabbing and blind ambition remains chillingly current.


    ...this rendition of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play could not have been more relevant and bold.

    Ceasefire Magazine

    Performed at the Riverside Studios in Arabic with English surtitles. Commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival which is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival.

    Adapted by Lotfi Achour, Anissa Daoud and Jawhar Basti, Directed by Lotfi Achour, Music and songs by Jawhar Bast.

    Main photo by Nada Dagdoug