n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Dogged Shakespeare : Richard III at Maynardville - Richard III, Geoffrey Hyland (Dir.) - review

Volume 32 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



There was a slight chill in the air at a late February performance of Richard III at Maynardville – the annual outdoor Shakespeare event associated with Cape Town’s festive calendar, long summer evenings and picnics in the park. Eschewing the aestival aesthetic, actor-producer Alan Committie and director Geoffrey Highland presented a focused, stripped-down Richard that might have come from black box theatre. Faheem Bardien’s economical lighting directed all eyes to the bare, uncompromising surfaces of Bridie Birdy’s stage set and back wall of pallets, reducing the lush background of trees, typically gorgeously lit for Maynardville productions, to bare trunks and deep shadow. Against this background, Ilke Louw’s sombre, detailed wardrobe focused attention on the actors. A pared-down sound design by Bernard Kotze allowed silence as much as sound to frame and punctuate the tense exchanges in a similarly taut script, running at approximately two hours.

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