“A man whom both the waters and the wind, In that vast tennis-court, have made the ball, For them to play upon” Read more …
When Pericles, the young Prince of Tyre, discovers the King of Antioch’s deadly secret, he must flee for his life. And so begins an adventure that will span his entire lifetime, as he experiences love and loss, danger and excitement. Part fairy tale, part road movie, “Pericles” is truly the “journey of a lifetime”.
“The Lesser-spotted Shakespeare” is Bard in the Botanics’ opportunity to introduce audiences to plays and stories that are rarely seen in Scotland. Previous titles in this series have included “Richard III”, “Queen Margaret” and “Titus Andronicus”. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful stories.
Using just 4 actors, the highs and lows of Pericles’ story is brought to life in a production that weaves together laughter and heartache, high drama and touching emotion, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Kibble Palace glasshouse.
Kirk Bage, Beth Marshall, James Murfitt and Amie Burns Walker have great fun with all this hat-changing, frock-swapping stuff as they flit between oceans and generations. If the play was already something of a collectively constructed collage, this piece of picaresque Victoriana is as valid a rendering as any.
Barr’s four-strong cast – superbly led by Beth Marshall as storyteller and mother-figure – handle it with a lightness and wisdom that spins real magic out of this strange tale; and a sense that in the dreamlike moment when life, death and desire meet, there are almost certainly, as the man himself said, more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy.