Date(s) - 28 Jun 2014
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Canberra Theatre Centre Playhouse
GoTheatrical! Captioned Performance on Saturday, 28 June 2014 at 2pm
Open captions available on plasma screens and closed captions available on mobile and tablet devices
Booking details at canberratheatre.com.au
Please request caption seats at the time of booking to ensure seats with the best view of caption screens
“ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH, DEAR FRIENDS, ONCE MORE;”
— Henry V – Scene I, Act III
AMID A BOMBING RAID IN A WAR TORN CITY…
Somewhere in the world right now, a group of children are sheltering underground, to get through the night, the terrified kids put on an act of bravado – literally – and conjure up the heroics of King Henry V. This is his story…
When Henry is manipulated by church advisors, taunted by French royalty and betrayed by English nobles, he has all the ammunition he needs to lash out and invade France, or does he? Having executed conspirators, and vanquished enemy forces in Harfleur, Henry’s army is ‘weak and sickly’ as it staggers towards a showdown at Agincourt.
The night before battle, the king endures a long dark night of the soul, where he hears first-hand about the fears and frailties of his outnumbered soldiers, but Henry has one last weapon up his sleeve: the power of words, and it may just be enough to save his men, his country and himself.
Told through the prism of civilians caught in a 21st century conflict, Damien Ryan’s courageous production will expose the hidden layers within Henry V, from their hiding place underground, the children’s portrayal of Shakespeare’s classic will reveal how violence can be a rite of passage into manhood, on a broader level, it will be an unflinching examination of political spin, patriotism, religion, class, brotherhood and leaders of men.