All Stages Online: Spring 2013 – Role of a Lifetime – Queen Margaret

Brave Girl – Lunchbox Theatre
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All Stages Online: Spring 2013 – Role of a Lifetime – Queen Margaret

Vanessa Sabourin – Prophetess by Scott Sharplin – Sound and Fury Theatre, Edmonton, 2004 (I think)

Prophetess was an amalgamation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI part 1, 2 and 3 and Richard III for one performer written by Scott Sharplin. Queen Margaret is woven through out all four plays and goes from a young queen to an old witch. Through out the course of her life she gains and then loses everything. It is rare to see her whole story together and I loved the opportunity to dive into both the historical truth of the real Queen Margaret and the verse written for her by Shakespeare. The arch of her life was incredible and so much fun to play. Politically and emotionally complex. Also, I rarely get the chance to play the villain but those are my favourite roles to play – and Margaret is the best kind of villain. She is not a caricature but a woman who will fight for what she wants with everything she’s got and, for various reasons, she chooses to do it in the dark rather than in the light.