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Is this a revival I see before me as Magbeth returns?

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 24, 2013

By SIMON PARKER

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A timely revival of a play that parodies the life and times of Margaret Thatcher is being staged in Penzance this week.

The Rise And Fall Of Magbeth by Mike Sagar-Fenton is a satirical look at the Iron Lady's premiership and some of the characters who occupied Westminster during the 1970s and 1980s.

"We're not trying to tread on her grave," said Mike. "We'd actually been planning a revival for a long time but we were afraid she might die in the middle of rehearsals – and also we didn't feel like making fun out of a sick and sad woman, whatever her past."

The Rise and Fall Of Magbeth was last performed at the Acorn in Penzance back in 1996 when Mrs Thatcher was very much alive. It portrays the Tory leader's career through the eyes of Shakespeare, stealing mercilessly from whichever play suits the purpose.

Using everything from dark drama to low farce to tell the story, the play ranges across Mrs T's Macbeth character to the shambolic Labour Party of the 1980s, as portrayed by the rude mechanicals of A Midsummer Night's Dream and the last sad rejection by John Major in the unlikely guise of Henry IV.

"It is a rehearsed reading, though anyone interested in undertaking a full production would be especially welcome," said Mike.

The lead role will be taken by Stella Wood, one of several cast members who are returning for the re-run.

"We hope it will be an evening of fun and satire, shot through with the chills that era still inspires," added Mike.

The Rise And Fall Of Magbeth is at The Ritz in Penzance as part of the Golowan Festival on Thursday June 27 at 8pm. Tickets, priced £5, are available in advance from West Penwith Music Shop on 01736 364440.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK

BARNSTAPLE

Community Centre: Blood donor sessions Tuesday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.

Queens Theatre: Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells 'For Two'. Friday 7.45pm.

St Paul's Church: The Barnstaple Keyboard & Light Music Club present Nicholas Martin from Leicestershire. Admission £5, members £2. Refreshments. Tuesday 7.45pm.

BLACK TORRINGTON

Village Hall: Craft and Table Top Sale. Saturday 10am-noon.

BODMIN

grounds of old St Lawrences Hospital: Friends of Bodmin Hospital's Annual Fete. Saturday 2pm. Free entry.

Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm. Closed Sunday and Bank holidays.

BOVEY TRACEY

Riverside Mill: Devon Guild of Craftsmen Make a Mark exhibition. Sat until September 1.

BROWNSHAM

National Trust car park: North Devon Ramblers (286260). Walk woods and valley. Lunch at ClovellyAbout six miles. Meet Sunday 11am.

BUGLE

Village Hall: Bugle Silver Band supporters committee Bingo. Eyes down. Monday 7.30pm.

CALLINGTON

Sevenstones: Charity car boot every Saturday from 10am, every Sunday from 1pm. Weather permitting.

CAMBORNE

Elim Church: Blood donor sessions Friday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.

CHARLESTOWN

St Pauls Church Hall: Blood donor sessions Thursday from 1.15pm-3.30pm and 4.45pm-7.30pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.

Church Hall: League of Friends of St Austell Community Hospital Summer Fete . Saturday 2pm. Free entry, Stalls, Mt Charles Youth Band.

CHUDLEIGH KNIGHTON

The Showfield, Pipehouse Lane: Chudleigh Knightons auto jumble, vintage rally and static engine display. Saturday and Sunday from 10am.

DARTINGTON

The Shops: Local food producers market. Sunday 10am-4pm.

Village Hall: Playford style country dancing. Friday 8.00pm.

The Granary, Dartington Hall: Light is the Activity of What is Transparent exhibition by Suzanne Redstone. Until September 30.

DAVIDSTOW MOOR

RAF Memorial Museum: Open daily from 10.30am-4pm. Donations appreciated. Details 01840 213266.

DAWLISH

Museum, Barton Terrace: Galleries covering all aspects of Dawlish life. Wed-Fri 10.30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-5pm.

EXBOURNE

St Mary's Church: Flower Festival, Friday-Sun, Community Fete in school, Saturday 2.15pm and choral evensong with Bishop of Crediton on Sunday 6.30pm.

EXETER

Poltimore House: Craft and Food Fair. Sunday 10am-4pm.

Phoenix: Steve Howe, guitarist. Thursday 8pm; Misty in Roots (reggae), Sat 8pm

Phoenix: Unique boutique Arts and Crafts Market. Sunday 11am-3.30pm.

EXMOUTH

Tower Street Methodist Church: Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir Concert with Renaissance Ladies' Chorus, raising funds for Victim Support. Tkts £6 each. from Exmouth TIC or on the door. Saturday 7.30pm.

FREMINGTON

The Village Hall: Blood donor sessions Thursday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.

GEORGEHAM

Free village car park: Breakfast walk (465397). Footpath and coast path via Putsborough return to Rock Inn for breakfast. About four miles (465397). Thursday 7.30am.

HARBERTONFORD

St Peters Church: Summer Fair, stalls, cream teas, raffle etc. All welcome. Saturday 2pm-4pm.

HARTLAND QUAY

Middle car park (223247): North Devon Ramblers, Dust til Dawn, Speke's Mill, Stoke, Hartland Point. About 120 miles. Saturday 8.30pm.

ILLOGAN

Paynter's Lane End Hall: Country Market Tuesday 9.15-11am.

Paynter's Lane End Methodist Hall: Mini Summer Fayre Saturday 10am.

LANGORE

Village Hall: Gaming Evening, 16+ age group. Friday 5-10pm. Admission £1.

LAUNCESTON

Eagle House Hotel: Launceston Electronic Organ Club presents Claire Greig from Mickleover. Admission is £5 for members and non-members £6. Wheelchair access available. Tuesday 7.30pm.

LISKEARD

Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-12noon.

MELDON

Village Hall: Okehampton Sequence Dance Club. £1.50 per person. Beginners welcome. Wednesday 8pm-10.30pm.

MEVAGISSEY

St Andrew's Church: Annual Flower Festival "Children's Bedtime Stories", Mon 10mam-4.30pm, Tues/Thurs 10am-8pm, Wed 10am-1.30pm and 3pm-8pm. Refreshments. On Wednesday Mevagissey ladies Choir concert Wed 2pm.

NEWQUAY

Fistral Beach Hotel: Newquay Pentire Probus Club Lunch, Wednesday 11.30am for noon. Brian Olof guest speaker. New members welcome. Details 01637 878990.

NEWTON ABBOT

Racecourse, Terrace Room: Blood donor sessions Friday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.

Courtenay Centre: Rebel Country presents Rancher. £6. Friday 8pm-11pm.

OTTERHAM & ST JULIOT

Hall: Strawberry Supper, Friday 6.30pm, variety of hot dishes plus strawberries and cream. £7, child £4.

PADSTOW

Signposted from Winnards Perch roundabout: St Merryn Steam and Vintage Rally. Saturday and Sunday.

PAR GREEN

The Gott Hall: Coffee and Craft Group meet every Friday 10.30am-12.30pm. New members welcome.

The Gott Hall: Prize bingo. Raffle and homemade supper. Facilities for those in wheelchairs. Visitors welcome. Thursday 7.30pm.

PERRANPORTH

Memorial Hall: Blood donor sessions Monday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.

PLYMOUTH

The Guildhall: Plymouth Philharmonic Choir. Tickets £17 on the door. Sunday 7.30pm.

St Peter's Church, Wyndham Square: Plymouth Phoenix Chorale, informal concert on the theme of the sea. Tickets at the door. Saturday 7.30pm.

PORTHCURNO NR PENZANCE

Minack Theatre: Waiting for Godot presented by the Miracle Theatre Company. Mon-Friday.

POUGHILL nr BUDE

Methodist Church: Coffee morning every Tuesday from 10.30am-noon

RILLA MILL

Village Hall: Whist drive Tuesday 7.30pm.

ROCHE

Victory Hall: Whist Drive. Friday 7.30pm.

ROCK, WADEBRIDGE

Rock Institute: Fearless Colour, exhibition of ceramics and paintings byLinda Styles. Monday-Sunday, 10am-5.30pm.

ST AGNES

Museum: Open daily 10.30am-5pm. Until end of October. Admission free.

ST CLEER

Vicarage Garden: Toute Ensemble (early music windband). Ticket to include cream tea. Sunday 3pm.

ST EVAL

Parish Church: Flower Festival celebrating Talents Past & Present. Refreshments. Disabled access. Festival Fri-Sun 10am-6pm, Sunday Songs of Praise, 6pm.

ST TUDY

Church: Adviser to the Diocese of Truro on Monuments and Memorials will give an illustrated talk about those in St Tudy Church etc. Retiring collection. Talk will start Thursday at 7pm and finish 8.30pm.

TAVISTOCK

Methodist Church: Blood donor sessions Thursday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.

The Wharf: Teatime talk with Dave Nilsson on Family History in the Tamar Valley. Monday 2pm; Steve Howe (music), Wed 8pm; Legend (Bob Marley Tribute), Friday 8pm; Tavistock Youth Theatre present Fame, Sat 7.30pm, Sunday 2pm & 7.30pm.

Pannier Market: Charity Bonanza, all charity stalls are local charities. Free admission. Saturday 9am-4.30pm.

Museum: Open daily major exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of US 29th Infantry Div arriving for training in SW Devon in May 1943 onwards. Open daily from 11am-3pm.

TEIGNMOUTH

St Michael's Church, The Promenade: The Flower and Music Festival "Inspiring Women Through the Ages"Wed-Sun 10am till late.Plus lunches and refreshments. On Sunday Songs of Praise at 6.30pm.

THURLESTONE

Parish Hall: National Trust south Hams Centre talk on "The Flete Estate". Entrance £3. All welcome. Monday 2.30pm.

TINTAGEL

W I Hall: The Great Cornish Cake Bake and Cream Teas. Thursday 1pm-4pm.

TORRINGTON

RHS Garden Rosemoor: The Military Wives choir + Ploughcappella. Friday.

TORQUAY

Babbacombe Theatre: Spellbound every Tuesday and Wednesday 8.15pm.

Princess Theatre: TOADS present Annie Get Your Gun, Tuesday-Sat 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

TREVEIGHAN

Treveighan Chapel in Michaelstow Parish: Millpool Chorale in Song present From Pharoah to Freedom. Musical Feast. Sunday 6pm.

TRURO

Carrick Sports, Carew Road: Blood donor sessions Tuesday from 1.15pm-3.30pm and 4.45pm-7.30pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.

Hall for Cornwall: Truro Country Market. Tuesday 9.15-3pm.

UGBROOKE

St Cyprians Chapel, Ugbrook Park: The Harcombe Singers with "Summer Light". Tickets £12. 626 859178. Friday 7.30pm.

YEOLMBRIDGE

Methodist Church (situated at Ladycross on B3254): A Kaleidoscope of Vintage Paraphernalia, displays, stalls, refreshments etc. Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm.Admission £2, schoolchildren free. Sunday service with Mrs J Barriball at 6pm.

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