new year, new production – richard iii redux

Shakespeare’s Richard III: Bogeyman. Villain. Evil incarnate. Or is he? What if he is a she? What if the “hideous… deformed, hobbling, hunchbacked cripple…” is portrayed by someone funny, female and with the same form of scoliosis?

This is the premise of my forthcoming collaboration with Sara Beer and Phillip Zarrilli of The Llanarth Group: richard iii redux OR Sara Beer is/not Richard III will take a long, hard and not completely serious look at this infamous figure, evil personified, and raise questions both about Shakespeare’s hatchet-job on what historically appears to be a good and popular King, and the interpretations of this formidable role from actors ancient and modern.

The posters arrived…waiting to be sent out to the venues for the opening in March 2018

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The first two days of development begin tomorrow – and I can’t wait. We have researched the subject fairly comprehensively, read books, seen documentaries about the royal body in the carpark and scrutinised celebrated productions of Shakespeare’s play…  I’ll be documenting the process as it happens, here….

 

 

 

 

 

2 responses to “new year, new production – richard iii redux

  1. Stephanie Tillotson

    Kaite

    I shall be following you closely as I am writing up my PhD on women playing male roles in Shakespeare. Do hope Aberystwyth is on the venue list. Can’t wait to see your work. Hats off to Sarah.

    Stephanie xx

    • Thank you! We’re at Aberystwyth arts centre studio 14&15 March – tickets going well and expected to sell out soon, so do book if you want to catch it there… Do email me if you;d like to talk a little more about it. x

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