The King of Rags and Stitches
'The King of Rags and Stitches' is a new sited work for traditional theatre spaces.
Setting out to challenge the patriarchal nature of the theatrical tradition, this new work calls out this self-perpetuating oppressive lineage as a tragedy in itself.
3 Princes inhabit a dark stage dressed in dusty ghost-like costumes. All attempting to stage their own version of the Shakespearean play 'Hamlet' the work tosses and turns between bickering children, mansplaining condescension, tender reflections on Ophelia's death and alternative presentations of Hamlet's famous speech. Wrapped in its own blind self-importance, it is a damning parody of the boring and age old male echo-chamber that can be the theatre, and performed by a cast of men, seeks to pull it down from the inside.
This performance premiered at Take Me Somewhere Festival 2019 at The Panopticon Theatre in Glasgow.
Created with funding from Creative Scotland
Performers: Murray Wason, Craig Manson, Daniel Cox.
Choreographer/Assistant Director: Louise Ahl
Artistic Director: Peter McMaster