Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off
By Liz Lochhead
Directed by Joan Bryans
“Once upon a time there were two queens on the wan green island, and the wan green island was split into two kingdoms. But no equal kingdoms…”
So La Corbie, the ringmaster, the trickster prophetess, cracks her whip and, with her fiddle player at her side, plunges us into the “whispers, rumours, souchs and chatters” that are at the heart of the story of two of history’s most intriguing women, Mary and her cousin, Elizabeth Ist. The stage is set for a deadly game where intrigue, passion, marriage, and murder all spin to La Corbie’s telling. We meet the two queens of course, but also Lord Darney, the young suitor sent by Elizabeth to marry Mary, Mary’s secretary David Rizzio (is he her lover also?), as well as her third husband Bothwell, and, snaking between the plottings and secrets, the lean, gaunt figure of John Knox, “as black as night”.
Liz Lochhead’s Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off is no stately text but a raw, rough telling of the familiar tale of the enmity between Elizabeth and Mary but here the focus is on Mary, and on how she tries to control a land riven with sectarianism, with plots and counterplots, while continuing to be a passionate and beautiful woman of flesh and blood. In what has been called her “scavenging eclecticism of language”, and with ferocious iconoclasm and boundless wit, Lochhead sets out a tale of a queen who has failed to learn what Elizabeth did, that a queen must rule with her head not her heart.
Preview – Thurs Feb 16, all tix $12;
Tickets: General: $25, seniors and students: $20.
How to get tickets?
Phone Reservations 604 224 8007, ext 3.
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time:
Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 8:00 PM to Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 4:00 PM
Thursday through Saturday | 8 PM,
Sundays | 2:00 PM,
plus matinee (as well as evening perf,) on Saturday. Mar 11.
Preview – Thursday Feb 16
talk-back night – Thursday 23rd.
Venue & Address :
Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver, BC V6R 4K5 Canada