It’s political, funny, cruel, honest & what-the-fuck-have-we-done brilliant
Richard II | Review
Anne-Marie Peard | Aussie Theatre
28 Sep, 2014
Mark Wilson and MKA made their unforgettable mark in last year’s Fringe with UnSex Me, Wilson’s penetrative riff on the Scottish play. This year, Wilson is joined by Olivia Monticciolo and they drag Richard 11 into the now to give the politics we seem to be supporting a good double dicking.
With Wilson as Richard and Monticciolo as his cousin Henry, they start as children playing and become adults playing at being Kings of Australia. With slabs of Shakespeare’s text and plenty of their own, the story is re-cast as the Rudd and Gillard leadership debacle with numbers meaning everything and a de-crowned King who isn’t afraid to do everything he can to undermine the woman who disposed him.
Here’s theatre that’s about now and us and isn’t afraid to question and scream about gender and power and how we accept too much that shouldn’t be accepted.
It’s political, funny, cruel, honest & what-the-fuck-have-we-done brilliant. And Mark wears gold tights.
It finishes today and it’s sold out.