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richard III redux [or] ‘Sara Beer [is/not] richard III’

March 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

- £10

Richard III: Bogeyman. Villain. Evil incarnate.

Or is he? What if he is she? What if the ‘hideous…. deformed, hobbling, hunchbacked cripple’ is portrayed by someone funny, female, feminist, and with the same form of scoliosis?

How might the story change, the body change, the acting change, the character change when explored by a disabled actress with deadly comic timing and a dislike for horses? How would previous star vehicle Richards measure up? Olivier, McKellan, Pacino, Spacey – watch out – the mighty Richard III Redux has you in the frame….

Following their critically acclaimed collaboration on Cosy, Sara Beer will take on Richard III and his previous (non-disabled) interpreters with award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly and director Phillip Zarrilli, joined by filmmaker Paul Whittaker.

Sara Beer… steals the show… a brilliant and disconcerting comic turn…

Gary Raymond ‘The Arts Desk’ on ‘Cosy’ 2016

O Reilly is a writer to cherish…

Lyn Gardner. The Guardian

Running time: approximately 70 minutes. No interval

presented by
The Llanarth Group
starring Sara Beer
Phillip Zarrilli, Artistic Director
Kaite O’Reilly, Resident Playwright

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Accessibility

Sara Beer and Kaite O’Reilly are ‘disability experts’ and the crew are passionate about making richard iii redux OR Sara Beer Is/Not Richard III an accessible performance. This performance will be live-captioned. It is also possible to arrange a touch tour and description of the visual aspects of the performance one hour before the show goes up. Please contact the Box Office to book this in advance.

20 February 2018
Kaite O’Reilly writes on cripping up, and how her new production offers a witty, feminist, alternative disability perspective on Shakespeare’s history play.

I have known performer/collaborator Sara Beer since the 1980’s when we were both involved in the Disabled People’s Movement and the emerging disability arts and culture scene. Sara was the obvious choice for this project when I first conceived the idea of a one woman show about Richard, from a disability perspective, performed by someone with the same physicality as the historical Richard. It wouldn’t be the first time a disabled actor has played the part. Mat Fraser played Richard III in Northern Broadside’s 2017 production, but given how monstrous Shakespeare’s Richard is, and how far he deviates from historical accounts, I started questioning whether having a disabled actor play a distorted disabled part would be ‘enough’? Would it create diversity and balance, or simply reinforce notions of ‘normalcy’ and negative representations of difference? Out of these questionings with co-creator and director Phillip Zarrilli, the project was born – this would not be a production of Shakespeare – rather, a response to Richard’s portrayal both in Shakespeare’s text and through the actors who have embodied him, viewed through a lens which is female, disabled, and predominantly Welsh.

Click here to read the article in exeunt magazine

 

Details

Date:
March 23
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Cost:
£10
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Venue

Small World Theatre
Bath House Road
Cardigan, Ceredigion SA43 1JY United Kingdom
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Phone:
01239 615952

Booking Online / Archebu Ar-lein
Terms and Conditions / Termau ac Amodau

We strongly suggest you book ahead. You can book your entrance tickets online at anytime up ‘til 3pm on the day of the event provided that we haven’t reached our capacity.

Awgrymwn yn gryf eich bod yn archebu ymlaen llaw. Gallwch archebu tocynnau mynediad ar-lein unrhyw bryd hyd at 3.00 yp ar ddiwrnod y digwyddiad, os nad ydym eisoes wedi gwerthu’r cyfan.

Please bring a print out of your booking sent to you by Pay Pal to present to the door staff on the night. Tickets are non-refundable except when an event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, in which case Small World will refund you. Our phone number for enquiries is 01239 615 952.

A fyddech cystal â dod â chopi print o’ch archeb, a ddanfonwyd i chi wrth PayPal, i’w gyflwyno i’r staff ar y drws ar y noson. Ni roddir ad-daliad am docyn, heblaw pan fydd rhaid canslo digwyddiad am resymau tu hwnt i’n rheolaeth, ac wedyn fe fydd Theatr Byd Bychan yn eich ad-dalu. Ein rhif ffôn ar gyfer ymholiadau yw 01239 615952.

Booking ahead at the Box Office
Archebu ymlaen llaw yn y Swyddfa Docynnau

Alternatively you can book tickets in person by visiting our office Tuesday – Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please pay by cash/ cheque and you will be issued with tickets to take away.

Neu gallwch ddewis archebu tocynnau trwy ddod i’n swyddfa docynnau o ddydd Mawrth i ddydd Gwener, 9.30yb – 4.30yh.