Young Critic Review: Richard III by The Malachites
The Lichfield Festival Young Critics are all aged 18 and under. They attend a number of events at the Lichfield Festival and send us their review within 24 hours.
Sunday 9th July, Lichfield Guildhall
On Sunday 9th July I went to see Richard III by the Malachites at the Guild Hall which I thoroughly enjoyed, not only because Richard III is an intense play but because the cast were amazing and re-enacted the classic beautifully.
The setting in the Guild Hall was incredible- being in the historic building really added to the tension and the modern music of David Bowie was used to support the gripping atmosphere.
Richard was played brilliantly, he was forever rolling his eyes like a sulky teenager and planning to murder someone which provided some humour to his dark character. We got to see him as a jealous and villainous man, angry at his deformity. The cast were superb, they never stepped out of character and were clear and very dramatic especially Richard who nearly brought the roof down with his monologues.
There was a modern feel to the performance, which I really liked because it allowed you to visualise how the characters would dress in today’s society, and their modern dress gave an insight into their characters. Although, the Malachites stuck to the original script, the play was easy to follow and I was constantly on the edge of my seat.
My favourite character was Queen Margaret, a mysterious and dark character who cursed Richard because he killed her son. I liked her because she created an eerie atmosphere whenever she appeared.
Throughout the whole performance, the audience had their eyes glued on the actors, transfixed by what was happening. Instead of a stage, the actors acted ‘in the round’ which enabled them to connect with the audience, who felt like they were involved in the action. The tremendous round of applause at the end showed how much everyone enjoyed the breath-taking performance.
I would recommend any play by the Malachites to all ages because the actors take you on an exciting journey which is always full of drama and twists. Last year I was fortunate to see Hamlet, I have enjoyed both plays and I feel privileged to have seen them.
By Clodagh Delahunty-Forrest