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The Queen Must Die

The Queen Must Die

By David Farr

Performed 7:30pm 22nd March 2012 (Square Chapel), 7:30pm 23rd March 2012 (Square Chapel), 7:30pm 24th March 2012 (Square Chapel)

Direction: John Laing

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On the eve of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a papier-mache statue of Her Royal Highness stands in Margaret Chivers' living-room in preparation for the Jubilee parade. Two factions converge on the house with the aim of vandalizing the statue - three girls who can see no other way of escaping the embarrassment of having to dance in the parade, and three lads who want to make an anti-monarchist statement.

The most challenging task for any actor is to perform comedy. Forget Hamlet, Lear and the Scottish geezer getting laughs for the right reasons, is the finest wire to tread. And the hardest comedy farce. The Queen Must Die is without doubt a farce, but like all great farces the humour is rooted in truth a reflection of the human condition, sadness, despair, hope and hopelessness. I believe our young actors should be challenged, should be worked to and beyond their limits so good luck with this one guys! John Laing, director.

Performed as part of the National Theatre's Connections festival.

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