Our all-female Richard III was produced with the support and in association with the Wales Millennium Centre and was made possible through Arts Council of Wales investment, 72 backers through a Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign (link to page of people who pledged) and the support of Volcano Theatre Company, Frantic Assembly, Chapter Cardiff, The Sherman Theatre and RSC recommended practitioners.
Omidaze received large scale funding from the Arts Council of Wales to research and develop and then produce a production of Shakespeare which challenged preconceived ideas around roles in Shakespeare and about how and where Shakespeare should be staged and who it is for. We worked towards an all-female Shakespeare production using movement and non-traditional staging methods which would appeal to a family audience. We specifically aimed to engage a non-traditional theatre/Shakespeare audience including those from areas of acknowledged deprivation. We simultaneously examined cross-gender and blind-gender casting options, their potential and their impact and site-specific options for the future production and marketing possibilities.
Richard III was a site-specific promenade immersive production and was the first ever full scale production to be staged in the roof void of the Wales Millennium Centre.
Running Time 3 hours with an interval.
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February 2015 Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff supported by Arts Council of Wales
All-Female Richard III Timeline:
Phase 1 – 2013 – R&D funded by Arts Council of Wales 2013
Omidaze Productions held a week of free Shakespeare workshops for female actors with experience of and/or an interest in performing Shakespeare and physical approaches to text held at The Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.
Phase 2 – 2013 – R&D funded by Arts Council of Wales
From these workshops Director Yvonne Murphy built an all-female Ensemble company to develop the project working with practitioners from Volcano & Frantic Assembly and RSC recommended practitioners at Sherman Cymru and Chapter Arts Centre.
A sharing of work-in-progress took place on Friday 29th November 2013 at Chapter Arts Centre to a test bed audience and future promoters.
Phase 3 – 2014 – Kickstarter campaign supported by The Royal Society of the Arts
Phase 4 – 2015 All-Female Production of Richard III Supported by Arts Council of Wales, Wales Millennium Centre.
Production and Rehearsal Photography Kirsten McTernan @KMTPhotographer
His production is an absolute triumph – ‘The Public Reviews’
This is a bold and exciting production that will delight those who see it – ‘Buzz Mag’
Director Yvonne Murphy hopes to bring new audiences to Shakespeare and there’s no doubt this brave, stunning production can do that. If only the novelty of climbing into the usually inaccessible roof space brings just one new fan in she will have succeeded – ‘Wales Online’