Queens – The Play
Posted By Claire on November 4, 2009
Great news for those of you who were desperate to see Kristen’s play “Queens: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned” performed by her Year 12 pupils in Australia – it’s now available to download and watch in the comfort of your own home.
Kristen sent me a copy of it on DVD and I loved it. I was impressed with the quality of her research and writing, and the way that she gave each of these women their own voice. The kids were also brilliant – I loved the malice and bitterness in Mary’s voice, the funny speeches from Henry’s Fool, and also Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth were excellent actresses.
Some of you have asked about the script and whether it is possible to buy it. Well, I can put you in touch with Kristen if you like, but she is hoping to publish it at a later date and it is not available at the moment. You can, however, download the performance of Queens at Movie Locker with the following links:-
Queens Act I : http://movielocker.com/2424
Queens Act II : http://movielocker.com/2388
Both videos have ‘henryyoubrokemyheart’ as their playback password
Kristen aplogises for the sound quality and the poor filming of some scenes, but I didn’t find that it hampered my enjoyment of the play – just wish I’d been there! Please be patient as the videos may take a few hours to download – they’ll be worth it though!
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2 thoughts on “Queens – The Play”
Kind of funny that the picture used for the illustration (is it a poster? flyer?) is actually “The Death of Lady Jane Grey” (by Paul Delaroche). Poor Jane, the tragic Nine Days Queen. Hardly a queen at all…. (Okay, it’s a weird comment, but being both an art history geek AND a Tudor history geek, it kind of struck me as ironic, in a nerdy sort of way ;)).
Is Lady Jane actually in the play? She was “queen” between Edward and Mary, after all (for all of her nine days). Just curious.
Yes, Lady Jane Grey is in the play. Kristen explained the premise of her play by saying:-
“We have all heard of Henry the VIII the Tudor King, infamous for brutalising his subjects, and wives, and summoning the reformation, thus changing the face of religion in England forever. Thousands of innocent people lost their heads during the tyranical Kings reign. Now Henry is getting his just desserts! Trapped in purgatory for almost 500 years and chained to a massive throne which has become his gilded cage, his keeper the Fool; the Kings jester, delights in his former masters daily anguish as the Henry is forced to relive the moments he most wronged his Queens over and over again. Not just his 6 wives; Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Kathryn Howard and Katherine Parr, but his also his legacy, Lady Jane Grey and daughters (Bloody) Mary and Elizabeth I.”
So, it’s not just about his six wives.
I love that painting of Lady Jane Grey and I’ve just bought Leanda de Lisle’s and Eric Ives’ books so I can find out more about her.
Thanks for the comment.