A note merely to echo the rave reviews that this production led by Megan Dansie with Bart Csorba in the title role is receiving. By all accounts the direction and lead are brilliant, with a strong cast in support. Ah, I was so envious listening to Monica describing the night, if only I wasn’t the other side of the world!
Megan Dansie’s inspired direction comes from the premise that in his ruthless aspirations, Richard is simply adhering to his society’s traditional rules of intrigue and violence. This sets the scene for a very complex Richard, a man embittered but not defined by his physical disability.
Bart Csorba portrays Richard sublimely, adding unexpected nuances to the character of this malevolent, manipulative killer. Menacing and self-absorbed, Richard is everywhere. Dressed completely in black, he leers into our faces, lurks in shadows behind the audience, struts about the stage or looms above us on the mezzanine. He is a compelling embodiment of sadism, manipulation, calculated indifference and witty, yet cruel, humour. However, it is in his subtle demonstration of Richard’s growing paranoia where Csorba excels. Richard’s final realisation of the enormity of his deeds and that he should now truly be afraid of shadows is portrayed exquisitely.
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