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Macbeth retold through blindness

Posted on: Thu 7 Mar 2019

He might be the only one up there on such a small stage at this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival, but for UK born character comedian and improviser, Tom Skelton it is all about convincing people, that a registered blind man can effortlessly self portray multiple Shakespearean characters such as Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, King of Scotland.

Skelton’s rendition of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is filled with amateurish theatrics and over-enthusiastic flamboyance, without ruining the very literal nature of one of the world’s oldest plays.

Diagnosed with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy while in his 20s, Skelton is not one to be pitied or feel any bitterness about having no central vision in both retinas.

He also reveals to De-Stigmatised‘s Jarad about his plans to tour around Australia for a year, what it was like performing Did You Hear What I Saw? with best friend Tom GK and exclusively unveils the title of his next show.



Produced by Jarad McLoughlin

Photo supplied and used with permission from Tom Skelton


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