Rebecca Vaughan brought her acclaimed one-woman show, I, Elizabeth, to the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge last Friday night.
The scene was set with a darkened room and a solitary spotlight on a Tudor-style wooden chair, a symbol of the isolation of the young queen.
The play is set in 1568, when 35-year-old Elizabeth was ten years into her reign. It was a crucial period - the troublesome Mary Queen of Scots had just arrived into England, and the Queen’s counsellors were obsessed with the idea of a marriage to produce an heir and safeguard the succession.
Based on Elizabeth’s own writings and letters, the play evoked a Queen not known to the history books - arrogant yet uncertain on her throne, torn between duty and dedication. The next one-woman play at the Riverbank is Alison Skilbeck’s ‘Are There More of You?’ on Thursday, October 3.