Aerial acrobatics meets classic Shakespeare in this story of the three witch sisters of Macbeth fame.
Should you see it?
WEIRD accomplishes quite a feat; it’s impressive in both its athletic skill and narrative. This could have been just a Cirque Du Soleil-style circus show with barely any effort put into the story, but it’s so much more than that. Colour me impressed!
The narrative itself will be familiar to most Shakespeare fans; three sisters find themselves caught up in sibling rivalry and fate when they make the wrong choice. Essentially, it’s Macbeth from a different perspective. Macbeth is my favorite Shakespeare play, and I’ve seen many a disappointing spin-off or production. WEIRD makes up for these disappointments, in spades. The bits of dialogue that are taken from the original play are well integrated into a perfectly written script, creating a compelling and complex whole. All three performers really sink their teeth into both the meat of the text and the relationships it presents.
The aerial silks are used in a manner that really enhances the story, instead of being relegated to simply being a sideshow. The silks are a magical device, and the sisters use them to cast spells and to fight against the anger of Mother Earth and right the wrong they’ve created. Emily Hughes, Lindsay Bellaire and Lindsay Sippel Eitzen are all evidently experts, and every move they make looks effortless, graceful and deliberate.
WEIRD is a magical show that nails both its physical and theatrical elements. I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a unique addition to their Fringe schedule. Actually, I’d recommend it to anyone, full stop.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think! Were you familiar with Macbeth before seeing WEIRD? What did you think of how the aerial silks were working into the narrative? Join the discussion in the comments below.