27 April – 8 May, Melbourne.
Heartstrings Theatre Company will perform an all-female Coriolanus, on the model of Phillida Lloyd’s Donmar Warehouse production of Henry V last year.
Shakespeare’s dynamic tale of Coriolanus takes us into a world where the Volscian Army marches on Rome, only for the warrior Coriolanus to drive them back. As the dust settles, though, she finds herself pressured into the snake pit that is political office. With famine threatening and jealous tribunes plotting against her, Coriolanus discovers that the will of people cannot be so easily beaten back with swords…
Company member and co-founder Jo Booth describes why projects like this are so vital:
“Shakespeare is open to interpretation, his work is never presented exactly as it was done in the 17th century. By casting women we aim to bring a new perspective to his words, and show women in a multidimensional light. Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare’s most masculine plays, and we’re exploring how women take on these qualities; rage, vulnerability, ferocity, and present them to a 2016 audience”
Directed by Grant Watson, this new telling of one of Shakespeare’s last tragedies takes a hyper-masculine world full of betrayal and deceit, and flips it on its head in a compelling reimagining.
At Metanoia Theatre, at the Mechanics’ Institute, Brunswick.