“Since I cannot prove a lover
To entertain these fair well-spoken days
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days”
The War of the Roses is finally over, the York family hold the crown and the horror of civil war has given way to a chivalrous time of peace. But the derformed Richard of Gloucester finds little to enjoy in his family’s victory, an attack dog who thrived on the battle field he is now firmly out of his element. As his obstacles to power fall down and the scars of the past return he must question whether he is truly the villain he and his enemies believe him to be.
Richard III is undoubtedly the most performed of Shakespeare’s history plays. Usually displaced from its theatrical context, ultimately it is the climactic finale to the greatest family drama ever told. Seen this way, the Machiavellian, scheming Richard is the natural result of the intrigue, betrayal and violence that marked the familial conflict he was born into. By giving the characters with whom he shares the stage context and history, we can slowly begin to piece together why he is so intent on taking the crown, and why his psyche is so quick to collapse once he has obtained it.
The Sydney University Dramatic Society is excited to present this very bold and innovative reimagining of the bloody, thrilling conclusion to Shakespeare’s epic War of the Roses.
18th-21st February 2015