All the kings are dead; all the heirs are gone too – this is a particularly bloody time in royal history. It all centres around Richard III (Greg Hicks), the Machiavellian hunchback that lets no-one stop him take the crown for himself, albeit for an all too brief time of two years. Richard is known to many as the hunchback, the king with such obvious deformity as does not befit his status.
Tag: Arcola Theatre
In an abstract sense, it feels as though an apocalypse is approaching. In reality, it is simply the devastating onslaught of globalisation. Four individuals experience this in The Pulverised – they don’t meet, but are nevertheless connected by the same French telecommunications company that shall remain nameless (mainly because it isn’t ever identified). As each individual tries desperately to conform to the standardised corporate blueprint, the cracks begin to show. No mistakes; no slip-ups; no life outside of the job to distract from your purpose. They are pulverised by the space in Lucy Phelps translation of Alexandra Badea’s award-winning script.
Following an explosive premiere at the National Theatre of Strasbourg, where it won the prestigious Grand Prix de la Littérature, Alexandra Badea’s The Pulverised arrives in the UK with a new English translation at the Arcola Theatre this May.
Rehearsals have begun for Richard III, playing at Arcola Theatre on 11 May – 10 June.
Rehearsals are well underway for The Pulverised, playing at Arcola Theatre on 2 – 27 May. Following a première at the National Theatre of Strasbourg, it arrives in the UK with a new English translation. I sat in on a rehearsal to get an idea of how director Andy Sava plans to realise this complex script, a vital new play about escaping the rat race, overcoming distances and discovering new life.