Review: Richard II

Review: Richard II

Getting tickets for Richard II is known to be as hard as for a camel to thread the postern of a small needle’s eye, to quote the deluded king himself, and so when given the opportunity to go, the Thespians of MPW jumped at the chance.

Greeted with dramatic comedy even before the coach set off with Tajasvi’s land speed record attempt and Bill, the driver, perhaps a little too keen to get us there on time. But who could blame him?

Seated just metres away from the action, even the most stony hearted amongst us were left with emotions strewn about the theatre by the final scene. Tennant lived up to his reputation and portrayed the role of God-chosen king like no other. Although detestable even through his grief, heavy with irony, by the end of the play he evoked pity from the whole audience. Many of the MPW group were intrigued by Doran’s exploration of the homosexual relationship between Richard and the tragic Aumerle, though in the question and answer session afterwards, it was clear that there was some discord between the cast and director over Aumerle’s exalted part in the production.

For some, the excitement culminated post performance as David Tennant was spotted exiting the theatre. Hearts were broken as his girlfriend was spied and a bodyguard kept them away from the star. Even that tragic event could not mar the thoroughly enjoyable evening which ignited within me and many others, a newly discovered passion for the theatre.