Head

Written by:

Debbie Patterson

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

D/deaf, Disabled, and/or Mad

Cast Size:
9

Roles For:

  • Men: 6
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Dark Comedy
Historical
Musical/Opera

Themes:

British History
History
Infidelity
Jealousy
Justice
Justice System
Marriage
Royalty
Sexuality

Length:

120 min.

Year Written:

2007

Synopsis:

“The historical accounts from King Henry VIII and Queen Anne’s time are steeped in controversy, contradiction, and irony. Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was put to death on trumped-up charges of adultery and incest. In fact, her husband, frustrated by his wife’s failure to provide him with a son, simply wanted a way out of his marriage. Within days of Anne’s execution, Henry married his third wife, Jane Seymour. The injustice of Anne’s situation, coupled with the obvious hidden agendas and willful ignorance of the people in power make this story irresistibly compelling. In a fresh and remarkably contemporary take on this fascinating story, Patterson captures the intricate web of suspense, intrigue, and complicated human relationships in a script that is at turns hilarious, devastating and disturbing, but ultimately uplifting.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

KING HENRY VIII

ANNE BOLEYN: Queen of England, second wife of King Henry VIII.

THOMAS CRANMER: the Archbishop of Canterbury.

KINGSTON: warden of the Tower of London.

LADY KINGSTON: aunt of Jane Seymour, wife of Lord Kingston.

JANE SEYMOUR: future wife of King Henry VIII.

FOOL: Anne’s female fool.

MISTRESS STONER: menial labourer at the Tower of London.

MARK SMEATON: Anne Boleyn’s musician.

OFFICER / SIRRAH / LORD NORFOLK

First Produced:

2006 by Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR) at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Winnipeg

Resources:

Head is published by Scirocco Drama, also available through the CPO Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

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Notes:

Encyclopedia Britannica’s website includes an overview of Henry VIII at this link.