Kings of Baxter
Advisory: Mild swearing
Can twelve young teenage offenders conquer Macbeth?
Suggested age rating: 12+
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Kings of Baxter explores the challenging and emotional journey of young offenders and their teachers as they embark on a landmark Bell Shakespeare program to stage a performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in front of their families and fellow inmates.
Through their own interpretations of Macbeth, the boys are challenged to consider their own place in the world: their choices, circumstances, and future. The humanising act of creating art acts as a catalyst to reveal those truths and challenge our perceptions of troubled youth.