Secret Mischiefs is a pairing of Measure for Measure and Richard the Third.
Made with the BA Acting programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland it played live in Glasgow in February 2022 and will be available as a film later in the year.
Theatre's origins can be traced to a tribe of people enacting the hunt of the Woolly Mammoth. Through such an act of performance the tribe passed on crucial knowledge to the bodies and minds of those who had not yet been on an actual hunt. Going through the motions of such an act increased their likelihood of success and survival when it came to the real thing. In Secret Mischiefs you will not see a Woolly Mammoth. The monsters in these plays are subtle, false, and treacherous. They are the monsters of our current world. Our hope is that through telling these stories we will be more prepared to survive the monsters we meet. -- “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed, but when we are silent we are still afraid, so it is better to speak" Audre Lorde, The Black Unicorn: Poems, 1978 “The eternal feminine is a massive joke. It seems that male identity depends on keeping up this lie...femme fatale, bunny girl, nurse, Lolita, whore, kindly mother, or ball-breaker. All of it an act. A carefully choreographed and costumed production. And what comfort does it all provide? We don't know exactly what they fear, should these artificial archetypes collapse: whores are just average individuals, mothers are not intrinsically good or brave or loving, and the same goes for fathers. It depends on the person, the situation, the moment.” Virginie Despentes, King Kong Theory, 2006