RICHARD II

by Mark Wilson & Olivia Monticciolo

Hot off a country-wide tour of last year’s controversial, sold out Melbourne Fringe showUnsex Me, creator/performer Mark Wilson attacks Shakespeare’s Richard II – the second dick, a God-king who realises he’s human – and comes out with a treasonous consanguinity of celebrity, corruption and religious self-love. Whoever your political Gods are – Richard is the acknowledgement that they are human, corruptible and compromised.

Featuring lavish costuming, a pop sound track and a devastating performance combination of Mark Wilson (Unsex Me, MKA) and Olivia Monticciolo (Phaedre, Bell Shakespeare). MKA’s Richard II is a work of grotesque comedy, knife-in-the-back sharp satire and a passionate play about leadership, worship and ‘mateship’.

DURATION
55 minutes duration
WARNING
Frequent coarse language, some pretty explicit politics

Created by Mark Wilson and Olivia Monticciolo

Text and Direction Mark Wilson
Settings/Costumes Design Amaya Vecellio
Lighting Designer Kris Chainey
Photo Credit Sarah Walker

Cast Olivia Monticciolo and Mark Wilson

Production/Stage Management:
Melbourne:
Ketura Budd
Brisbane:
Kate Brennan

Brazen, subversive and extremely funny…a brilliant, daring show with outstanding performances.” (C. Woodhead, The Age)

“Theatre lives at MKA.” (Crikey)

“Completely WTF.” (Timeout)

Mark Wilson is extraordinary…Stand out show of the festival.” (Concrete Playground)

“For anyone interested in Shakespeare, politics or planning their own political upheaval… Highly entertaining.” (Theatrepress)

“Richard II is a must-see. Clever, humorous, bitter, and adorable. 4 and a half stars.”(Melbartsfash)

“Political, funny, cruel, honest & what-the-fuck-have-we-done brilliant.” (Aussie Theatre)

Brisbane Festival

Theatre Republic
QUT Creative Industries, The Loft
Sept 2015

Melbourne Fringe
Darebin Arts Speakeasy
Northcote Town Hall, Studio 2
Sept 2014

Performers | 2
Crew | 1
Duration | 55 minutes
Genre | quasi-historical political thriller, parody-satire
Situating | Previous day set-up and open
Max Shows/Week | 8
Touring Availability | This project is available for immediate tour in Australia, and internationally.

Media
Premiere Season

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“Brazen, subversive and extremely funny…a brilliant, daring show with outstanding performances.”

– The Age