Last weekend we saw our second Shakespeare play – “Richard III”.
It was a free performance in the park, as part of Brisbane’s Shakespeare Festival.
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.
The play itself was good, although we all preferred the “Tempest” performance we saw.
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
and then read the plain english text from the “No Fear” series of books.
We also watched a movie version.
But I’m learning that the very best thing we can do to understand Shakespeare’s plays is to experience them performed.
The play also led to a bit of research to determine whether Shakespeare’s version of King Richard’s life was historical.
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.
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.