“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.”
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 Supreme 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.
Our actors come prepped with a menagerie of villainous and heroes in their arsenal, however, the team can tailor the good/bad guy roster to suite the texts being studied at your school, just let us know and we will show up primed!
Fun and informal, the 'Villains & Tyrants' workshop is an hour of fun, interactive discourse and performance that engages audiences and encourages debate!
"The evil that men do lives after them: The good is oft interred with their bones."