"Spectacular modern take on a legend"
Barry Gordon, Edinbugh Evening News

The King wants progress. By insisting that his people forget tradition in pursuit of the rational, he takes away their old certainties. With their beliefs gone, will they turn to him, or grab power for themselves? This modern play in the renaissance form examines the crisis facing Western civilization, as it seeks to influence the world while no longer certain of itself.

Productions so far have supported the idea that a new renaissance form play can offer directors and actors as much creative scope as the originals, be just as enjoyable for an audience and also have educational and academic appeal. As it marries the old form with modern language, there is no barrier to audience understanding.

The 2009 co-production with Scottish based company Siege Perilous was directed by Andy Corelli in a minimalist and symbolic style. The topical nature of the play was emphasised, including the contradictions involved in imposing democracy on other cultures and the alienation of immigrant youth.

After seeing the show, arts impresario Richard Demarco invited the company to perform the play at Craigcrook Castle, then home to the extensive Demarco Collection and Archive. The play resonated with Richard's premise of connecting art with its history through the use of location to enrich it.

For this 2010 promenade performance, alongside the 10 professional actors, some 20 drama students from the local community were also involved in both acting and backstage roles. The self-contained 'play-within-a-play' section was performed by the students, lending an extra layer to the theme of democracy and the idea of the 'people' taking to the stage.

Lucy presented a paper drawing on her experiences of writing in the renaissance form at the 2011 'Shakespeare: Sources and Adaptaton Conference', held by the Cambridge University Faculty of Education in association with the Faculty of English and the Association of Adaptation Studies. A practical workshop at the same conference used the script to show how new work in this style can be used by directors, film makers and educators. The session was led Andy Corelli and Joseph Margiotti, teacher of film and director of Windswept Media, who had filmed the play.

The way is now open for future production opportunities.

"Raw emotion ... slick performances ... captivating."
Laura Webb, Three Weeks