for when lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner.
Last night I went to see Shakespeare’s Henry V performed by Propeller, an all-male Shakespeare company. The performance was so entertaining. It really was a spectacle as Propeller seem keen to work as much movement and excitement into the play as possible. The theatricality of the violence was well done as they weren’t trying to make it look ‘real’ but what they did do worked really well. My friend who I went with does backstage/technical for many many plays and seemed impressed. The actors themselves were brilliant and brought out the emotion of the play and really made you think about what it means to be a king and to have such responsibility on your shoulders.
I’m always worried when I see a Shakespeare play I haven’t read as it feels like I’m testing myself. ‘You say you like Shakespeare? See if you can work out what the hell is going on when you don’t have the words in front of you and a lecturer to explain the plot.’ I hadn’t read Henry V and didn’t have any inkling of the plot as my historical knowledge is severely lacking. I think I just about understood it and it made me really want to go and read the play which is a very good (extra-keen English geek) sign.
Henry V is nearing the end of a UK tour, it will still be coming to Coventry, Norwich, Plymouth and London. Highly recommended.