Thursday, 18 September 2014

Richard II, Sept 18, 2014

MKA, Speakeasy Northcote Town Hall
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Sept 18 to 28, 2014 
Performed by Mark Wilson & Olivia Monticello 
I am not seeing this show. KH
MKA Richard II (Mark Wilson)_Photo by Sarah Walker
From the Media Release
"Wilson portrays a God-king who realises he is human and comes out with a treasonous consanguinity of celebrity, corruption and religious self-love.

"One of Shakespeare’s least performed texts, Richard II tells the story of King Richard the Second, who rules England with absolute power and is widely criticised for wasting England’s money on pointless wars and implementing unfair taxes.  However, when King Richard banishes his cousin Henry Bolingbroke (the soon-to-be King Henry IV) from the kingdom, his unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that will lead to his overthrow.

"A two-hander, with Olivia Monticciolo (Bell Shakespeare’s Ph├Ędre) playing Bolingbroke, Wilson’s adaptation explores notions of celebrity, corruption and power and promises to be a thrilling, intelligent and scathing allegory for leadership in the 21st century and Australia’s own political climate."  Media Release

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