By William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Gerald Baker
This production won the Cygnet award at the ArtsRichmond Swan Awards 2012-2013. Cat Lamin and Fran Billington were both nominated for best supporting actress in various roles.
An all-female cast performed Henry V in a production which aimed to challenge preconceptions of Shakespeare’s most epic tale. The play follows the new king Henry as he prepares to do battle in France, where he hopes to add the French crown to his English one, and to seal his victory by marrying the French king’s daughter. Not only was the title character himself played by a woman, but this production by Q2 Players also showcased a female Archbishop of Canterbury – keeping one step ahead of the Church of England itself.
Local Shakespeare director Gerald Baker has specially prepared a version of the script for Q2 Players to produce what is traditionally seen as a ‘gung-ho epic’ as an intimate chamber play.
Henry – Nerys Williams
Quickly – Sophie Campen
Canterbury – Sophie Flowers
Williams – Harriet Muir
Katherine – Felicity Morgan
Fluellen – Fran Billington
Pistol – Cat Lamin