Richard III in the Park

27 Sep

Last weekend we saw our second Shakespeare play – “Richard III”.

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It was a free performance in the park, as part of Brisbane’s Shakespeare Festival.

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On fold up chairs, in a crowd, my boys found it difficult to see and this marred the experience for them.

We turned up an hour early but clearly we needed to be even earlier to get a nice close seat.

We’ll keep this in mind for next year’s festival.

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The play itself was good, although we all preferred the “Tempest” performance we saw.

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We didn’t prepare as thoroughly for this play, as we did for “The Tempest” though.  There were a lot less children’s versions of Richard III.

So we read the version we could find

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 and then read the plain english text from the “No Fear” series of books.

We also watched a movie version.

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But I’m learning that the very best thing we can do to understand Shakespeare’s plays is to experience them performed.

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The language is just so much clearer when you remove it from the page and put it on a stage.
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The play also led to a bit of research to determine whether Shakespeare’s version of King Richard’s life was historical.

We also read about the recent discovery of King Richard’s remains under a car park.

We were fascinated by his skeletal remains.  You could  clearly see his twisted, malformed spine but there was no evidence of a hump or withered hand though.

We also learned a little about the War of the Roses which will lead beautifully into our study of British History next term.

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We’re already looking forward to our next play (although the boys want better seats this time).

I wonder what it will be.

It will definitely be determined by what we can see performed live.



Posted by on September 27, 2014 in Field Trips, History, Language


2 responses to “Richard III in the Park

  1. Sarah

    September 27, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Great! Though the view does look a little restricted.

    • Tracey

      September 27, 2014 at 10:44 am

      The teenage girls in front of us must have felt the same way as they were giggling and mucking around on their ipods/phones the whole play…so was their mother though.


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