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Dead Royal

23 - 23 August
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until 28 August, 2016

Dead Royal, image by Patricia Oliviera

presented by fortyfivedownstairs and Cameron Lukey

23 August – 28 August 2016
preview: Tuesday 23 August
opening night: Wednesday 24 August
duration: 60 minutes
Thursday to Saturday 7.30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $28 – $35
03 9662 9966

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Unique and enthralling, this is a bravura turn from Chris Ioan Roberts that is savagely funny and remarkably thoughtful and penetrating. ★★★★

Dead Royal, image by Patricia Oliviera
Dead Royal, image by Patricia Oliviera

Dead Royal, image by Patricia Oliviera

Dead Royal, image by Patricia Oliviera

Villa Windsor, Paris, 1981. Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, 82, invites Lady Diana Spencer, 19, to a doom-laden bachelorette party on the eve of her wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales.

The Duchess frantically warns Diana to flee her looming nuptials – before she marries the wrong man and becomes immortalised as a desperate woman eager to crawl over broken glass to snatch a royal title.

Dead Royal is a bitter, venal melodrama laying bare history’s merciless judgement of civilians who get sucked into the thick swamp of royal mediocrity. Savagely riffing on early 1980’s fashion crimes and Britain’s corrosive Princess Diana obsession, this jagged shard of physical theatre pits the Sloane Ranger’s clipped vowels against a plantation-era Deep South drawl.

Gird your loins for a lacerating, camp-drenched celebration of narcissistic megalomania.

★★★★ “This meaty little psychological tangle is never less than enjoyable to watch.” London City Nights

Actor / writer / director  CHRIS IOAN ROBERTS
Production Designer  ROBIN SOUTAR
Lighting Designer  ALEX HOPKINS
Assistant Director  ALEX RAND
Original Costume Designer  DINU BODICIU
Composer  DUNCAN BOYCE                      

Ticket Prices:

Preview: $28,
Concession: $30,
Group 8+: $28


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members


Chris Ioan Roberts is regarded as one of London’s most subversive and exciting emerging actor-directors and began working with the pioneering and cutting edge Ovalhouse Theatre in early 2014. Recent international work includes creative secondment with Barrie Kosky at Komische Oper Berlin (Eugene Onegin) and the tour of Dead Royal to the 2015 Brisbane International Festival.

He trained at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, graduating with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in 2010. Whilst at the VCA he was invited as the sole Australian actor to attend the 2010 International Summer Residency at the Watermill Centre in New York, led by acclaimed American theatre director Robert Wilson. Whilst in New York he worked on projects with La Scala (The Return of Ulysses to His Homeland), the National Theatre of Athens (The Odyssey) and among other works on a new theatre piece based on poetry by Lorca directed by Robert Wilson. He was subsequently invited to work as a Creative Associate on Wilson’s production of Madama Butterfly for the Opéra National de Paris in 2011.

Other theatre and film work includes Philip in Declan Greene’s Home Economics (The Store Room), the Child Angel in Elijah Moshinsky’s Don Carlo (Opera Australia) and as Kel in the feature film Beginning, Middle & End. Following a critically acclaimed performance as Lee in the premiere season of Chris Summer’s play Crossed at LaMaMa he relocated to London where he most recently collaborated with Ovalhouse and designer Dinu Bodiciu on a FiRST BiTE season of his solo show Half Wallis in 2014 which became Dead Royal. Other recent work includes the role of Anders Breivik in The Economist in Berlin (MKA Theatre) and as the Soldier in Tongues (Tristan Bates Theatre, West End) as well as in workshops for new productions of Measure for Measure (with Russell Bolam) and The Seagull (with Joe Hill-Gibbins).


23 August, 2016
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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