HENRY V

presented by Victorian College of the Arts Company 18

“Every subject’s duty is the King’s,
but every subject’s soul is his own.”

A young monarch takes his country into war; Shakespeare brands his name into history. From the Elizabethan Golden Age comes the story of this ‘star of England’. Some crowns are given, some stolen, and some forged on the battlefield.

Director Leith McPherson

Assistant Director Jackie Mates
Set Designer Jacinta Antcliff, Alex Rothnie
Co-Costume Designer Julia Richter
Lighting Designer Brittany Lazzarini-Pholi
Sound Designer Edwin Cheah

Cast Lucy Ansell, Hayley Browne, Bronte Carmichael, Sarah Fitzgerald, Joanna Halliday, Cheryl Ho, Sarah Jackson, Annabelle Mitchell, Brooke Rayner, Louisa Reid, Aquilla Sorensen, Lauren Steiner

Cheryl Ho as Bedford, Pistol and Queen Isabel. 

17 - 21st October 2017

Randall Theatre
St Martin's Youth Art Centre

Directed by Leith Mcpherson, a play that is often dominated by male characters, was taken on by a full cast of female actors. We were encouraged to focus on the truth and lived experience of the character rather than trying to perform a character's gender. We worked collaboratively with our incredible fight director Lyndall Grant to create the battle at Agincourt, which funnily enough, was inspired by each actor's version of tennis shots. Minimal set and props were used as we invite the audience to imagine with us. 

Think, when we talk of horses, that you see them
Printing their proud hoofs i’ th’ receiving earth,
For ’tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings...
— HENRY V, Prologue