All Female Henry VI

Production Description

Production Information:

A prequel to the ground-breaking Richard III, examining how we choose to resolve our conflicts, react to upheaval and what messages we are sending to our children and future generations in how we respond to threat. Who holds the power now?

“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 Richard III 2015

A co-production with Wales Millennium Centre.

AND LET OUR HEARTS AND EYES, LIKE CIVIL WAR BE BLIND WITH TEARS AND BREAK O’ER CHARGED WITH GRIEF

Technical Specification:

Our all-female Henry VI was a site-specific immersive promenade production and was staged in the roof void of the Wales Millennium Centre. The production incorporates aerial circus (ropes & silks) and brings all three Henry VI plays into one production.

Running Time 3 hours with an interval.

Ensemble:

  • Louise Collins
  • Sioned Jones
  • Polly Kilpatrick
  • Shala Nyx
  • Hannah O’Leary
  • Suzanne Packer
  • Alice White
  • Lizzie Winkler

Creative & Production Team:

  • Executive Producer, Director & Script Editor: Yvonne Murphy
  • Producers: Catherine Paskell (Audience Engagement) & Sian Thoma (Production)
  • Set & Costume Design: Gabriella Slade
  • Lighting Design: El Higgins
  • Sound Design: Tic Ashfield
  • Circus Choreographer & Movement Director: Paul Evans
  • Voice & Text Coach: Jacqui Crago
  • Production Manager: Ange John
  • Company Stage Manager: Louise Rouse
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Carys McLiver
  • Audience Engagement Associate & Workshop Facilitator: Beth House
  • Workshop Facilitator & Documentary Voice Over: Dick Johns

Performance / Tour Details:

February 2016 The Roof Void, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Arts council of wales

Reviews

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.Verdict Ambitious, vividly staged and skilfully directed all-female promenade production - ‘The Stage

This was fresh and audacious theatre, and perhaps the finest Shakespeare production I’ve seen performed in Wales - ‘Cardiff Shakespeare

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 - ‘The Reviews Hub

This is a remarkable, darkly beautiful, seductively immersive experience - ‘British Theatre Guide