BATTLE OF THE BASTARDS
written and performed by David Ladderman
produced by Lizzie Tollemache
presented by You Rung?
at Court Theatre, Bernard Street, Addington, Christchurch
17 Feb 2013
The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 27 Apr 2013 to 4 May 2013
BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington
From 15 May 2013 to 18 May 2013
Reviewed by: Erin Harrington; Stephen Austin; Matt Baker (TheatreScenes - the Auckland Theatre Blog); John Smythe;
“STAND UP FOR BASTARDS”
Strap on your codpiece – Christchurch carnie David Ladderman flips centuries of high culture into a bawdy joyride of sword fights, eye gouging and Elizabethan cussing.
Battle of the Bastards slashes its way through the subplot of King Lear. Going straight for the jugular, leaving the flowery bits for the academics, this is tragi-comedy for the masses.. On writing the solo show, Ladderman says, “I basically just wanted an excuse to play a cartoon villain and then beat myself up”. Sure it's Shakespeare… But not as we know it.
David Ladderman: Actor, busker, carnie. Best known to some for his work with the Loons Circus Theatre Company (The Butler, Hanussen: The Palace of Burlesque). To others as a world famous busker. Well… in Edinburgh anyway. Red carpet entertainer for The Hobbit World Premier, circus performer in the NBR New Zealand Opera and comic relief for The Court Theatre, David Ladderman has been mashing up high brow with low brow for eons.
"Spellbinding performance from someone who knows how to work the crowd to perfection... refreshing brilliant fun.” –Nelson Mail
Court Theatre FUNDRAISER
Comedy, circus and Shakespeare collide in a fundraiser like no other!
Sunday 17th February, 7pm