Masterclass: Richard’s Rhetoric
“Ay, no, no, ay; for I must nothing be;
Therefore no no, for I resign to thee.”
WORKSHOP 1 – 8th December
First readthrough and discussions.
Topics explored included:
The garden scene
Who is Richard?
Imagery – Richard’s imagery
The Verse play – why no prose?
The power of the church
Do we blame his uncles?
Bollingbroke and Richard – who is the villain?
The madness of Richard?
(The whole thing?)
WORKSHOP 2 – 15th December
Masterclass: Richard’s Rhetoric – Tobias Deacon and Tom Latter
An in depth look at Richard’s language through the play and his use or misuse of logos, pathos and ethos.
“Cover your heads and mock not flesh and blood
With solemn reverence: throw away respect,
Tradition, form and ceremonious duty,
For you have but mistook me all this while.
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends. Subjected thus,
How can you say to me, I am a king?”
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