Company: TFTS Department, Aberystwyth University
Directed by David Ian Rabey – Performed in The Foundry, in the Parry Williams Building (adjacent to the Arts Centre).
Come visit the The Foundry, converted to a modern day clinic, to witness an astounding Shakespeare, telling the story of a decisive battle that took place in Agincourt in 1415. In this exciting, comic and poignant history play, Britain is at war with France, and Henry V has to try to unite his mixture of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish troops behind his cause (and make a strategic marriage with the French princess, into the bargain).
'We present a modern, questioning twist on this national epic drama. Most strikingly we have chosen to perform it with an all female cast, who in turn portray modern war veterans recovering from their ordeals and not always agreeing how best to present these political events of so-called "manly" heroism, but finding striking parallels with, and differences in, their own experiences and sympathies. Could their decisions change the ways you look at this play, and its topics, forever? We invite you 'gently to hear, kindly to judge' our unusual, exuberant and sometimes electrifying approach to this play, and what is at stake within it.'
This production is one of five projects led by lecturer/practitioners in The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University working with and mentoring final-year Drama and Theatre studies students. The companies began rehearsing their pieces, which include a range of devised and text-based works, towards the end of September. Through a combination of directed sessions and guided independent learning, the companies will present their final projects during a festival of work performed in the last two weeks of term.