on/off henry: Work in Progress

Written by Nina Bowers and Philip Arditti

Directed by Sarah Bedi

Would you die for your country?
To be told who you are, where you come from and how proud you should feel?
But then, to not fit into the story at all? To not see yourself in the narrative?

I’m 10 years old. I’m on stage and I know this isn’t my story.
This was the story of England and Prince Hal.
Now this is the story of me.

Nina Bowers and Philip Arditti, members of the Shakespeare’s Globe Ensemble, invite the audience into the absurd world of nation state narratives. Part autobiographical, part taken from Shakespeares’ Histories, this project seeks to unpick the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves.

This show is part of Arcola’s festival of outdoor art and performance, Today I’m Wiser. Explore the full programme → 

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