richard III redux
or Sara Beer [IS/NOT] richard III
Richard III: Bogeyman. Villain. Evil incarnate. Or is he? What if he is she? What if the ‘hideous…. deformed, hobbling, hunchbacked cripple’ is portrayed by someone funny, female, feminist, and with the same form of scoliosis? How might the story change, the body change, the acting change, the character change when explored by a disabled actress with deadly comic timing and a dislike for horses? How would previous star vehicle Richards measure up? Olivier, McKellan, Pacino, Sher – watch out – the mighty richard III redux has you in the frame.
Riotously inventive and joyously irreverent, richard III redux is not a production of Shakespeare’s classic, but an interweaving of stories about acting, difference, and a maligned historical figure told by unreliable narrator Sara Beer. She takes on Richard as a solo performer in a number of guises, interspersed with video and live camera sequences. The production premiered at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018 and has had great reviews – see http://disabilityarts.online/magazine/opinion/richard-iii-redux-sara-beer-not-richard-iii/
The production incorporates creative captioning.
2018 Tour Dates
16,17 March: Chapter Theatre, Cardiff https://uk.patronbase.com/_ChapterArts/Productions/REDU/Performances
14, 15 March: Aberystwyth Art Centre Studio https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/whats-on-all
19, 20 March: Theatre Clwyd, Mold https://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/
21 March: The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven http://www.torchtheatre.co.uk/whats-on
23 March – Small World: Theatre, Cardigan http://smallworld.org.uk/
Cast and Creative Team
Performer: Sara Beer
Playwright: Kaite O’Reilly (Follow Kaite on Twitter: @kaiteoreilly)
Director: Phillip Zarrilli
Videographer: Paul Whittaker