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Battle of the Bastards

Battle of the Bastards

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At the outset of Battle of the Bastards, New Zealand comic performer David Ladderman canvasses the audience for the names of characters from King Lear and can hardly draw a response. This did not bode well that this was a good match of show and crowd.

“Who’s confused? I am,” says Ladderman, after explaining the subplot from the Shakespearean tragedy he will be performing.

The villain is Edmund, a schemer and illegitimate son of the Earl of Gloucester, who declares, “Now gods, stand up for bastards.” In his desperate desire for recognition he betrays his father and brother, Edgar.

Ladderman has synthesized the plot into a couple of scenes he recites solo and for the crucial moment is joined by volunteers from the audience.

The Bard’s story ranks second in priority for Ladderman as he mixes his improv skills and engaging personality with the unpredictabilty of his co-stars to create an accessible introduction to one of the greatest plays ever written.

The collective instincts of the audience proved correct in choosing to see Battle of the Bastards, for which they were royally entertained for an hour.

— Kevin Prokosh

 

Warning: video contains strong language.

 

From the Fringe program:

Strap on your codpiece...

Complete with swordfights, eye-gouging and Elizabethan cussing, acclaimed variety artist David Ladderman slashes the story of King Lear into bawdy and sublimely entertaining tragi-comedy.

If you like Shakespeare you should probably go. If you don't like Shakespeare you should definitely go.

Director: Mike Friend

Cast: David Ladderman

"Intelligent, raucously funny, rich, varied and grisly... Highly recommended" - NZ Theatreview

"Spellbinding performance... Brilliant fun" -Nelson Mail

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under), Equity members and Fringe Performers

Warnings: None

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