Far east Theatre Company presents 'Henry V' by William Shakespeare

20 February 2018, 19:30 - 21:00

Griffons Theatre, Paston College

Performance dates and times

Tuesday 20th February at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday 23rd February at 7.30pm

Tickets £5 ( £3 concessions) Box office (01692 402334)

As we head towards Brexit, is there a more timely play to do than Shakespeare’s Henry V, dealing as it does with a man who has a very direct attitude to our relationship with the countries of Europe? ‘I love France so well, Henry says, ‘that I will not part with a village of it.’

The production is directed by Paston English teacher, George Norton, who is following the recent example of London’s Donmar Warehouse and using an all-female cast. ‘I thought it would be interesting,’ he says, ‘to see how the Shakespeare’s most male-dominated play would work when performed exclusively by women. It certainly throws an interesting light on ideas of heroism, courage and masculinity.’

The other key influence on the production is punk culture. George explains, ‘In cutting the play, we’ve given prominence to the scenes involving the ordinary soldiers in Henry’s army which provide a subversive antidote to the militarism and patriotism of the rest of the play. We’ve found the best way of giving these scenes expression is through a punk aesthetic. This has influenced the choice of music too with live versions of songs by Billy Bragg, The Undertones and The Stranglers becoming part of the show.’

For more information, email: george.norton@paston.ac.uk

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