Resurrecting Richard III

Posted: February 27, 2014 in A Bit of Everything

kitchner, Richard III, Fringe Theatre, Theatre London, The Rose Playhouse, Shakespeare, Theatre Heritage, Richard III Society, London Heritage siteWe need you!  We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign and we need your help to promote it.  Take a few moments, have a read, see if you think you can help.

Did England’s greatest writer make England’s greatest villain?  Richard III is one of Shakespeare’s great plays, dangerous, verbose, exciting and disturbing – a brilliant play to be  a part of as an actor, but done well, a wonderful experience for an audience as well.

kitchner, Richard III, Fringe Theatre, Theatre London, The Rose Playhouse, Shakespeare, Theatre Heritage, Richard III Society, London Heritage siteWell, we’re taking it on.  This April we will be at The Rose Playhouse Bankside, resurrecting Richard in the very theatre Shakespeare started out in.

With a cast of just four women, some puppets and an operatic soundscape swelling live behind it all, we’ll be exploring Shakespeare’s notorious villain and seeing where it sits next to the truth about the real Richard III.

Shakespeare’s Richard was a devious, manipulative, Machiavellian monarch, ruthless in his ambitions and relentless in his pursuit of power.  He would stop at nothing to get what he wanted.  And who could blame Shakespeare for making him so, writing in the shadow of the man who defeated Richard, writing for the house of Tudor, his Richard had to be a despot who deserved deposing.

But the discovery of the real Richard’s skeleton last year has made us all rethink a little.  Who was he really, before the infamous hunch, the withered arm, the fantastically evil words, who was that king and does he deserve the reputation history has stained him with?

kitchner, Richard III, Fringe Theatre, Theatre London, The Rose Theatre Cat, Playhouse, Shakespeare, Theatre Heritage, Richard III Society, London Heritage sitePart archaeological, part theatre, The Rose Playhouse is the perfect place for us to bring him back to life, to use the play to explore where myth and reality meet.

But we can’t do it alone.  We’re just a little company, with very little money.  However what we lack in funds, we make up for in determination.  Never let a thing like not having any cash get in the way of making things, being heard, developing new work and discovering new ideas.  So we’re making the production anyway, this really is poor theatre!

Theatre Cat, Playhouse, Shakespeare, Theatre Heritage, Richard III Society, London Heritage siteTo make it a little easier on ourselves, we’ve started a Kickstarter campaign – everyone deserves pay for the work they do, especially those who are committed enough to know it’s tough, who know they won’t always get the financial rewards but are prepared to work their bums off anyway, because things need to be made – I think if we all did this only for the money, there’d be no theatre at all.

Have a look at the video below, follow the link to the Kickstarter site, if you believe in what we’re doing and want to give a little, do.  If you can’t but want to help anyway, please forward our link to anyone you think might be able to support us, getting the word out is just as important.

And last but not least, come along in April, support us that way, we’ll be resurrecting Richard III from the 1st to the 26th at The Rose Playhouse Bankside and we promise, it will be unlike any Richard you’ve seen before!

To get to our Kickstarter, click here http://kck.st/1fogbBc

And to see our film:

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