Richard of Gloucester

Date: 2008
Posted by: weatheringdaleson
Credits: Created by Brian Cassidy
Cast: Brian Cassidy (Richard)
Duration: 3.54

An eerie rendition of Richard, Duke of Gloucester’s speech beginning “Ay, Edward will use women honourably” from Henry VI Part 3 (Act 3 Scene 2), where he declares his villainy (“Why, I can smile, and murder while I smile”). The reading itself is ordinary enough, but what makes it stand out is the lighting, so all is in black except a white light marking out the performer’s face, and the confessional closeness of that face to the camera – a familar YouTube Shakespeare convention. The result is like being made uncomfortable witness to a modern serial killer’s intentions, something that the blandness of the performance accentuates.

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