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    MACBUREAU is a new radical adaptation of Shakespeare's famous tragedy MACBETH. 

     A campus is in crisis. Set in a contemporary broadly Australian university setting, in the midst of rising academic tensions and burgeoning solidarity movements, one prominent professor makes an ambitious yet ill-fated choice when the opportunity for power arises, at the urging of her wife and the disdain of her union comrades. Protestors, students, workers, teachers, this is a play for those who want more, who want for better, for what is right. This is a semi-educational workplace tragicomedy about university culture, the all-encompassing nature of power, and toxic lesbians. 

    We at the Melbourne University Shakespeare Company anticipate your attendance. 

    Written by Claire Le Blond, co-directed with Narii Hamill Salmon, this adaptation follows the recent pattern of MUSC having new spins and queer twists. This project has been designed to critique the Australian tertiary bureaucratic hierarchy as well as represent key elements of university culture such as student solidarity, queer relationships, and getting coffee on campus at your favourite cafe. Themes such as bureaucracy, gender, neoliberalism, the deconstruction of "girlboss" feminism, and more can be found in the seats of the Guild Theatre, Unimelb Parkville campus.  


    Coarse language, performed violence, performed alcohol consumption, references to death, brief sexual references including a singular reference to sexual violence, loud and oppressive sound, intense lighting sequences and low level audience interaction.


    All shows are wheelchair accessible. 

    We accept Companion Cards. 

    A relaxed performance of this production will take place on 4th May 1.30pm.

    A content pack will be available online and at the venue prior to the commencement of the performance.


    Catch the Swanston St tram to Tram Stop Melbourne University/Swanston St #1

    The Arts and Cultural Building can be accessed via Monash Rd. There will be signage directing you to the entrance. 

    Melbourne University Shakespare Company respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung People of the Kulin Nations, who have created and lived their culture on this land for tens of thousands of years. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be Aboriginal Land. 

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