Goriest play is to be screened - The Evesham Observer

Goriest play is to be screened

Evesham Editorial 19th Jul, 2017   0

PERSHORE residents are being invited to a live viewing of Shakespeare’s goriest play straight from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RSC).

The body count quickly piles up and the blood flows during The Bard’s revenge tragedy, Titus Andronicus, which is being aired into Pershore Number 8 Community Arts Centre on Wednesday, August 9.

Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing ‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’ last year.

Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society.

Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society.

The Bard still has the power to stir emotions, as 14 gory killings show Tarantino how it should be done. The play is certainly far from Shakespeare’s most poetic work, with an atrocity committed every 97 lines.

The event runs from 7pm to 10pm and includes an interval.

Tickets cost £14 for adults and £10 for students and children aged 16 and under.

Call the centre’s Box Office on 01386 555488 or visit www.number8.org for more information.

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