The bard’s villains still shine
Bard After Dark Directed by Aaron McLean for Shake Alive UCOL Performing Arts Studio May 12 – 14 Reviewed by Richard Mays
Four hundred years after his death and the Bard of Avon is still enthralling audiences and performers.
The latest local Shakespearean sojourn is a classy pastiche of perorations from an ensemble of Willy the Shake’s ‘axis of evil’.
It’s an effectively mood-lit and staged assemblage of supervillains featuring Richard III whose character links several other short scenes where machiavells Don John from Much Ado About Nothing, Iago from Othello, Aaron from Titus Andronicus, Edmund from King Lear, Claudius from Hamlet, Angelo from Measure For Measure and Lady Macbeth plot and scheme.
Evil has no particular gender, with Brie Shaw in hooded cloak and crutches compelling as Richard III, while Kerri Nicholson plays a persuasive Edmund.
All members of the seven person ensemble contribute cohesively as Shakespeare’s creatures both great and small, with the scenes moving fluently and at pace.
Who knew such combined villainy could prove to be so fascinating and satisfying.
If this new generation of young Shakespearean performers is anything to go by, the Bard remains in great hands.
Who knew such combined villainy could prove to be so satisfying.