Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth


Andy Cannon’s classic show presented at Perth Theatre

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes….

At Perth Theatre on Friday 14 September, Andy Cannon, one of Scotland’s finest storytellers, will take audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again, in his telling of Shakespeare’s classic tale.

A tale of foul and fortune, murder and deceit, Macbeth is a gory, bloody and darkly wonderful tale of one man and his pursuit of power. In Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth, Andy Cannon distils the essence of this epic play into a one-man, one-hour version, making it appealing for audiences young and old.

Suitable for everyone over eight, Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth explores the paths between fact and fiction, myths and truths. A perfect introduction for newcomers to this wicked tale, and a fresh take on it for Shakespeare aficionados.

Andy Cannon, formerly of Wee Stories Theatre, is one of Scotland’s best-loved storytellers. His work sits between storytelling and theatre and is loved by audiences young and old. With a compact set and original music, Andy communicates directly with the audience, drawing them into the story. Cleverly weaving Shakespeare’s original language with his own storytelling style, Andy creates a performance where parents and grandparents are as captivated, challenged and intrigued as much as the children sitting next to them.

Andy has previously taken on Robert Burns (Oor Rabbie), and Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island) and Anna Sewell (Black Beauty). He’s a writer and performer who can take on the greats and put his own, award-winning spin on them.

Is this a Dagger? was first created by Andy Cannon in 2007 and has continued to play to Scottish audiences in schools and theatres since then. 2017 was its 10th year anniversary and to celebrate the production was selected as part of the Made in Scotland showcase and performed at the Edinburgh Festival. Andy worked with trusty collaborators Shona Reppe, Dave Trouton and Wendy Weatherby (sound and music) and Red Bridge Arts (producing) to update the production for new audiences.


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