The Prince review: Abigail Thorn’s debut play reinvents Shakespeare with a queer, trans twist
A majority-trans cast deliver a masterclass in genre-bending, fourth-wall breaking Shakespearean drama and what it means to live on the margins.
When creator and lead actor Abigail Thorn described her debut theatre show, The Prince, as “The Matrix if it was written in 1600″, she set out an ambitious vision.
The play begins with a very traditional adaptation of Henry IV Part 1. Enter Jen (Mary Malone), who wakes you up from your Shakespeare-induced stupor with an iconic first line: “I didn’t understand a bloody word of that.”
After Jen meets Sam (Joni Ayton-Kent), she learns that the two of them are trapped in the world of Shakespearean literature. The rest of the show plays out like the best kind of school English lesson – one where creativity knew no