Henry V

Date(s) - 15 Jul 2014
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Frankston Arts Centre

Captioned Performance: Tuesday 15 July @ 8.00pm
150 minutes, including interval


Member $55, Full $66, Concession $62, U’30years $30
U’16yrs $16, Group 10+ $57
Splash Card $25 (available by phone or in person only)

About This Event

Amid a bombing raid in a war torn city, 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 V 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.

In an incredibly exciting new production of Henry V, Damien Ryan directs this play inspired by a true story – for 57 consecutive nights during the Blitz in 1941, a group of boys trapped in a bunker rehearsed plays including the works of Shakespeare and would perform them for others in the shelter. Told through the prism of boys caught in conflict our production will expose, in equal measure, the stirring heights and troubling depths of Henry V. On a broader level, it will be an unflinching examination of political spin, patriotism, religion, class, brotherhood and leaders of men

Presented by: FAC and Bell Shakespeare

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