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Blood & Rose Ensemble

based on William Shakespeare's Henry VI Parts I-III and Richard III
adapted by Wang Chia-Ming
Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group
Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts 2018
Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore

It took Shakespeare four plays - all three parts of Henry VI as well as Richard III - to chart the Wars of the Roses, the decades-long conflict between two branches of the royal family in late 15th century England - the House of Lancaster (associated with a red rose) and the House of York (associated with a white rose).
Taiwanese director Wang Chia-Ming of Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group condenses this sanguinary family feud spanning the reigns of Kings Henry VI (Hana Tsai), Edward IV (Chao Yi-Lan) and Richard III (local actor Oliver Chong) into just two hours in Blood & Rose Ensemble, presented as the opening performance of this year's Huayi at the Esplanade. Entire storylines and characters are omitted and the action hurtles along like a pantomime.

It's clear that …

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