Lear is the head of a remote community wrangling over mining rights, inheritance and wealth. His story descends into madness and brutality against the red earth of the Australian outback, dominated by the imposing presence and blinding lights of a mining truck.
Transporting King Lear to the story-rich and resource-laden terrain of northern Australia, The Shadow King reimagines Shakespeare’s tragedy as a blood-soaked tale of two indigenous families divided by land, identity and legitimacy. Told through modern English, Kriol languages and with a score performed live by an onstage band, the production fuses new text, video and Aboriginal 'dreamtime' songs to create provocative theatre.
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