A pair of peasants ponder their means to escape a devastating plague; Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung define their friendship through fear and phallic fixation; Joan of Arc is interrogated by the Voice in her head; a husband and wife contemplate an unfortunate case of hysteria; and Julie Andrews pays for past sins in the form of a new sidekick: an insidiously passive sloth.

 

Choice and consequence echo throughout history, where the hardest choice of all – to do what is easy, or to do what is right – shaped the Dark Age we lived in… and the one still inhabit.

The Jacobeans is a satirical black comedy for two actors: one male, one female. Through a dreamscape of thematically linked scenes, the play explores the ways in which the consequences of choice resonate through time, examining the power imbalances between men and women, and the ways in which social institutions control and oppress the individuals within them.

It was presented at the Melbourne Midsumma Festival in 2015.

The Jacobeans

/ a tragedie in five acts /
written by hannah malarski
& jack richardson

LIST OF SCENES

 

1. THE JACOBEANS (Prologue)

2. FREUD & JUNG

3. JOAN & THE VOICE

4. PETER & JOAN

5. JULIE & JEREMY

6. THE JACOBEANS (Epilogue)

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CAST OF CHARACTERS

Actor One (Female)

She / Carl Jung / Joan of Arc / Joan the Wife / Julie Andrews

 

Actor Two (Male)

He / Sigmund Freud / Voice / Peter the Husband / Jeremy the Sloth

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STAGING

 

Performance space is an island of black grass; a black door sits stage left; two black chairs sit on the grass stage right. A 1920s lamp sits on a black plinth behind the chairs. A breastplate and set of pauldrons sit on a black bust, stage left of the door. The walls of the space are black and bare.

 

Each scene is preceded by a soundscape. The two actors, dressed in black, transition in view of the audience or backstage, depending on the action specified.

 

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