Is this a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth

by Andy Cannon and William Shakespeare
for ages 8+


By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes. Andy Cannon tells Shakespeare’s classic, taking audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again. ‘A tale of sound and fury, signifying first class theatre for everyone over eight’ (Herald). ‘Strikingly heartfelt and intelligent… immensely classy stuff’ (Scotsman).

Andy Cannon, formerly of Wee Stories Theatre is one of Scotland’s finest storytellers for children. Is this a dagger? is Andy’s story of Macbeth.

“Strikingly heartfelt and intelligent… immensely classy stuff.” The Scotsman
“A tale of sound and fury, signifying first class theatre for everyone over eight.’’ The Herald.
Compelling telling of Macbeth that opens the story right out The Stage
Andy Cannon is a man with storytelling in his blood; a performer who can take the trickiest, most complicated of narratives and deliver it to a young audience as if it were a simple nursery rhyme…. The Scotsman

Do yourself a favour and go and see this brilliant version of Macbeth. I went With two children 10 and12 and an 83 year old grandpa and we were utterly transfixed by the wit, charm and clever telling of this great play. What a joy to watch storytelling like this – thank you.   Audience member

Utterly utterly brilliant. Andy Cannon is engaging throughout, is insanely knowledgeable about Macbeth (both Shakespeare’s version and the factual version), and managed to enthral both a 9 year old girl and a 14 year old boy, both of whom have total philistines for parents, as I’m ashamed to say that neither I nor my husband has ever been particularly interested in Shakespeare’s works. If only every English Lit teacher taught Shakespeare like this I think a lot more of our young people would be interested in our nation’s literary history. Five stars! This man should be in Hollywood. Looks quite tidy in a kilt too!   Audience member

This. Is. Brilliant.
This tells the Macbeth story in an absorbing, fascinating and accessible manner. We took our 6 and 9 year olds to see it and both were transfixed throughout, as were we. I only wish I’d had a chance to see this version when I was their age. Highly recommended.   Audience member

Currently touring

May 2019 – Canada dates at Ottawa Children’s Festival, North York Children’s Festival and Living Arts Centre – Mississauga

27 May – 1 June
Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Previous Tours 

16 – 19 October 2018
Babaro International Arts Festival for Children, Galway

23 – 28 October
Lincoln Centre,  New York

Contact red bridge to discuss dates.

For Schools
Curriculum for Excellence: Andy’s award winning storytelling helps deepen pupil’s engagement and involvement in Shakespeare and raises questions to be explored in English, Social Studies and Expressive Arts. Contact us if you’d like to bring Is this a Dagger? to your school.

Is this a Dagger? played at the Scottish Storytelling Centre as part of Made in Scotland showcase.


Photography (c) Sandy Butler