Shakespeare spoof at Wolsey

SHAKESPEARE'S Macbeth has been given the spoof treatment and brought to the stage in Ipswich.Wyrd Sisters, based on the book of the same name by Terry Pratchett, began at the New Wolsey yesterday and concludes tonight.

SHAKESPEARE'S Macbeth has been given the spoof treatment and brought to the stage in Ipswich.

Wyrd Sisters, based on the book of the same name by Terry Pratchett, began at the New Wolsey yesterday and concludes tonight.

It was brought to town by Suffolk-based Magrathe Productions and The Magic Rain Theatre and promises to offer an hilarious night of theatre.

Mark Rusher, who runs Magrathe, said: "It's amazingly funny – from the opening lines to the very end.

"All ages will enjoy it and you don't have to know Macbeth to understand it.

"We're having a ball doing it. It's so much fun."

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As well as entertaining its audience, it is hoped that the current production of Wyrd Sisters will raise money to fund a workshop for children with special needs at a play scheme in Saxmundham.

Magrathe hopes to work with the children for the summer, creating a play in which they will be able to perform.

It is the latest direction for the theatre production company which Mr Rusher set up two years ago.

He said: "The company was set up to provide the gap that's not there between amateur dramatics and youth theatre.

"There isn't really anywhere to do workshops and learn to act. We're here to train people and give them somewhere to perform."

Workshops are held every Thursday in Ipswich but the company is willing to take them further afield if people are interested.

And it is hoped that a youth group will soon be up and running to allow the company to effectively cater for people of all ages and abilities.

n Anyone wanting more information about Magrathe Productions and its workshops is asked to contact 07866 413039.

n Wyrd Sisters will be at the New Wolsey Theatre at 7.45pm today as part of the Pulse Festival. Tickets cost £7.50 (£5 concessions) and are available at the theatre in Civic Drive, Ipswich, or by calling 01473 295900.

Weblinks: www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

www.magrathe.co.uk

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