Reviews - Henry VI
Trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7RVwKuIGLY
Read about it here http://ow.ly/X5UUh
In terms of innovation, the production really soars and Murphy deserves plaudits for attempting to present Shakespeare in such a bold and refreshing fashion. It’s a remarkable achievement, evidence of a director whose skill matches the daring of her vision.
“This was fresh and audacious theatre, and perhaps the finest Shakespeare production I’ve seen performed in Wales.”
“It is likely to be the quirkiness of these productions that attract an audience in the first place, be that because you want to see how an all-female cast copes in a traditionally male-dominated world or just to see parts of the iconic Wales Millennium Centre that are not usually accessible to the public. However, what will keep these audiences coming back for more is the sheer quality of the performance.”
this is a remarkable, darkly beautiful, seductively immersive experience.
Mention in the Independent: “And the trend for gender-blind Shakespeare has been swelling over recent years …and Omidaze Production has offered an all-female Richard III and Henry VI to Welsh audiences.” http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/features/gender-blind-shakespeare-classic-roles-to-be-taken-by-women-a6994176.html
Two Guardian Mentions:“Plan your week’s theatre: top tickets
There’s more Shakespeare in Cardiff, where an all-female promenade version of Henry VI takes place from tonight in the roof void at Wales Millennium Centre.”
“ True diversity in British theatre is scandalously overdue. It will bring huge benefits both creatively and organisationally, but I’ve long argued that until we get over a tick-box mentality in the arts nothing is going to really change, and that British theatre risks becoming increasingly irrelevant.
Maybe there is a shift because people are starting to take action on diversity. ……..At the Wales Millennium Centre, Omidaze’s all-female Henry VI has been much admired….At the Royal Court in London, four older actors are simply glorious in Escaped Alone, a brilliant, unnerving play written by a woman in her 70s, Caryl Churchill. Later this week, three women – and two black leads – star in The Maids in the West End. Rufus Norris recently announced that within the next five years there will be gender equality at the NT.
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Yvonne Murphy Arts Council of Wales Clore Leadership Fellow 2013/14
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