Following a highly acclaimed run at the Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Stance Theatre presents a powerful Richard III ahead of other summer blockbuster productions. Drag King Richard III explores the complexity of switching gender as lead character Laurie embarks on the challenging journey of transitioning from female to male.
Life in the wrong body is explored through Shakespeare’s deformed villain and the long term friendship Laurie has with La Femme – a butch lesbian who enjoys the trappings of femininity when opportunities arise. The play seamlessly weaves classical dialogue through contemporary text, and to stunning effect; the notorious seduction lines are quipped over a sexually charged Tango sequence.
Drag King Richard III is funny yet serious, probing but lighthearted, and offers some genuine laugh-out-loud moments while exposing the taboo of the transgender person. The issue has become highly topical with increased exposure in the media of trans people and their plight.
Actor Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) became the first trans woman to appear on the cover of Time Magazine. The gender-subverting photographer Del LaGrace Volcano, and acclaimed writer Laura Bridgeman (The Butch Monologues), will be in attendance for post-show discussions on the play and its ‘very big questions’ (The Stage).
Timely and relevant, Drag King Richard III takes its audiences on a spellbinding and thought-provoking journey ‘that no one can afford to miss’ (The Times), full of pathos and wit, as they follow Laurence’s struggle to transition at any cost. The play offers no easy answers, it enthrals and surprises while questioning one of the last social taboos of our modern age.
Theone Rashleigh Laurie/Laurence, Richard III
Robyn Kerr La Femme, Lady Anne, Margaret, Young Prince of York
Director Roz Hopkinson
Writer Dr Terri Power
Choreographer Eduardo Bozzo and Fiona Millward
Set Designer Christopher Hone
Production Assistant/DSM Sinead Pounder
Props Eleanor Loizides
Lighting and Sound Ian Dixon Wilkinson and Paul Johnson
Guest Speakers Del LaGrace Volcano and Laura Bridgeman
Producer Stance Theatre Company
Title Drag King Richard III
Performance Dates Monday 28th July – Saturday 3rd August, 8pm
Matinees Thursday 31st July, 3pm and Sunday 3rd August, 5pm
Location Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Box Office Tickets are available from:
020 8237 1111, priced £17 (£15 concessions)
Wednesday 18th June 2014