Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Deceit, treachery, sibling rivalry, greed and lust
The fourth child of a monarch seldom had life easy in the Middle Ages - Henry Beauclerc was the fourth son of Duke William the Bastard of Normandy, later to be known as William the Conquerer after he made good.
Award-winning Perth playwright C. Aspden Pomfret was researching a play, 1066, when the idea occured to him that the invasion of England was three kings vying for the same throne, and yet just over twenty years later his three sons would be squabbling over the throne left empty by William's death.
John Pomfret, Rodney Van Groningen and Joe Isaia in The First Henry (Photograph by Lucy Eyre)
Kalamunda Dramatic Society is proud to present the result of Pomfret's thinking in their first show of 2015, The First Henry, directed by the author, Carl Pomfret.
The First Henry is fortunate to have attracted a strong and experienced cast Rodney van Groningen (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Joe Isaia (Macbeth), John Pomfret, Keith Scrivens (My Fair Lady) and Kim Taylor.
Carl says: "Instead of portraying battle scenes The First Henry delves into the minds of each brother and their personal lives, revealing how much their father may have influenced the men they have become."
King Henry I of England, portraint by an unknown artist (Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
The First Henry runs from Friday February the 13th to Saturday the 7th of March at the KADS Theatre, Barber Street, Kalamunda. Curtain up at 8:00pm.
Tickets cost $20 for week nights. Saturdays cost $30, including a fish and chip supper. Bookings may be made by ringing the Lucky Charm Newsagent, Kalamunda Central on 9257 2668. For discounted group bookings – call Terry Hackett on 9293 4746.
Warning: This show contains adult themes and strong language.