Villains and Tyrants.
The best of Shakespeare's worst.
Shakespeare's work delivers up some of the very best literary villains and tyrants in the world, so much so that it is almost impossible to decide which member of his rogues gallery is in fact, the worst.
The Dire Theatre Company Villains and Tyrants workshop is an interactive forum wherein our actors present Shakespeare's villains onstage with overviews and excerpts of their native texts. Our audience is then responsible for joining our hosts as they argue both for and against title of Tyrant for the characters in question.
The workshop is built around Augusto Boal's Forum Theatre model, and encourages the students to engage in genuine discussion about the characters and their texts, bringing in to question the broader themes of the works as well as deciding on who is and is not really a villain.