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Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off
Jericho Arts Centre
Vancouver, BC
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Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off
Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off
By Liz Lochhead
Directed by Joan Bryans
Jericho Arts Centre Feb  17-Mar 11

"Once upon a time there were two queens on the wan green island, and the wan green island was split into two kingdoms. But no equal kingdoms..."

So La Corbie, the ringmaster, the trickster prophetess, cracks her whip and, with her fiddle player at her side, plunges us into the "whispers, rumours, souchs and chatters" that are at the heart of the story of two of history's most intriguing women, Mary and her cousin, Elizabeth Ist. The stage is set for a deadly game where intrigue, passion, marriage, and murder all spin to La Corbie's telling. We meet the two queens of course, but also Lord Darney, the young suitor sent by Elizabeth to marry Mary, Mary's secretary David Rizzio (is he her lover also?), as well as her third husband Bothwell, and, snaking between the plottings and secrets, the lean, gaunt figure of John Knox, "as black as night".

Liz Lochhead's Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off is no stately text but a raw, rough telling of the familiar tale of the enmity between Elizabeth and Mary but here the focus is on Mary, and on how she tries to control a land riven with sectarianism, with plots and counterplots, while continuing to be a passionate and beautiful woman of flesh and blood. In what has been called her "scavenging eclecticism of language", and with ferocious iconoclasm and boundless wit, Lochhead sets out a tale of a queen who has failed to learn what Elizabeth did, that a queen must rule with her head not her heart.

Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off  stars Owen Kenny, Alex Lowe, Kurtis Maguire, Erin  Morgan, Geneva Perkins, Bethany Stanley, and  Xander Williams,
It is directed by Joan Bryans, with assistant director Barbara Ellison, musical director Genevieve Mackay, choreography by Allyson Riley, set by Todd Parker,  lighting by Jon Patterson, costumes by Kate E. Carr,  props by Frances Herzer, technical direction by and is stage managed by Nancy Caldwell.

Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off  runs at the Jericho Arts Centre Feb 17-Mar 11, Thurs through Sat at 8 pm, Sundays at 2pm, plus matinee (as well as evening perf,) on Sat. Mar 11.  Preview - Thurs Feb 16, all tix $12; talk-back night -  Thursday  23rd.
Tickets:  $25, sen and stud $20. Reservations 604 224 8007, ext 3.  
More info www.vitalsparktheatre.com.


Jericho Arts Centre (View)
1675 Discovery Street
Vancouver, BC V6R 4K5


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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