One of Shakespeare’s most famous works is set to be transformed into a blood-soaked tale of two indigenous Australian families.

The ambitious production, directed by Michael Kantor, reworks the timeless King Lear into a story about two feuding Aboriginal families in the country’s far north.

The sprawling and violent narrative is told through modern English, Kriol languages and a live rock score.

The Shadow King explores the idea of kinship, land and country and brings together some of Australia’s foremost performers, including co-creator Tom E. Lewis (The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith) and Jimi Bani (Mabo), along with the music of Bart Willoughby.

Please note the production includes smoking on stage and contains the following Indigenous languages:
• Yumpla Tok (Torres Strait Creole)
• Kala Lagaw Ya (Torres Strait Creole)
• Gupapuyngu (Yolnga)
• Katherine Kriol
• Baard

The Shadow King’s powerful choreography combined with song and Indigenous language will transport audiences to the Northern Territory, to the land, a feud and a slice of Australian life.

The Shadow King runs from Tuesday 9 September to Saturday 13 September at the Brisbane Powerhouse. For more info, visit our event guide.