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Fighting the good battle

Scott Alderdice is the Director for Richard III
Director Scott Alderdice has a great job!

Not only does he play an instrumental role in shaping the rising young actors of the future, but he gets to share his love of live theatre with the greater community.

A man with many hats, Scott is Co-ordinator of Theatre and Lecturer in Acting at USQ and also the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare in the Park Festival and Director of this year’s season of Richard III.

And as luck would have it, Richard III is his favourite Shakespearean play.

‘It is certainly one of my favourite plays because the battle between good and evil is so ‘now’ and most of the major characters are massively strong females,’ said Scott.

‘Shakespeare writes incredible roles for females.

‘Perhaps this is because he was writing for male actors to play the female roles, or perhaps because England during Shakespeare’s time had an enormously powerful female monarch.

‘Whatever the reason, his female characters have exhilarating strengths and bravery; they are warriors in a truly action packed world.’

One of Shakespeare’s more accessible plays, Richard III uses language and structure which is far less complex than many of his later plays and is action-packed with characters not unlike modern super heroes.

‘In modern terms, it’s something of an ‘action flick’ which is much more suited to contemporary sensibilities.’

This production of Richard III will use modern aesthetics and styles to retell Shakespeare’s great historic drama.

‘We’re not interested in historical truism or in creating some sort of careful reproduction of how people ‘think’ Shakespeare should be performed.

‘We’ve simply taken the story as though it were a new play written by a new writer of today and asked ourselves what does this story feel like.

‘To us, the creative team, the actors and myself, it feels like a massive fantasy superhero epic and we have created the characters, designs, music and the performance styles to fulfil that vision

‘We’re not trying to make it a story for ‘now’, we’re simply trying to dream up and create a story which we enjoy, which is imbued with our own sense of style, of conflict, sorrow and joy.’

This exciting new interpretation will feature amazing steam-punk inspired costumes by Nick Scotney and a larger-than life mechanical set created by Andrew MacDonald.

Richard III will be presented at the University’s Toowoomba campus nightly at 6.30pm on 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 October.

Gates open at 5.30pm and audiences are encouraged to pack a hamper and bottle of wine (site licensed for BYO alcohol only), bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a picnic dinner during the show.

Tickets are $35 adult, $28 concession, $20 student, $25 each for groups of ten or more and can be purchased through the USQ Artsworx Box Office on 07 4631 1111.

For further information about the Festival visit www.usq.edu.au/shakespeare

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