Since its construction in the 3rd century, Portchester castle has defended the Roman fleet against pirates, been a hunting lodge for medieval kings and acted as a prison.
But one of the most notable events in its history was the plan to overthrow King Henry V, prior to the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.
To mark the 600th anniversary of the battle, The Berry Theatre in Hedge End will perform three new plays starting with Across The Dark Water, which is based on the Southampton Plot to overthrow Henry ahead of his invasion of France.
It will be performed in key historical sites associated with the plot, starting with Portchester Castle, where the plot was revealed to Henry V, and finishing at St Julien’s Chapel in Southampton on August 1.
Across The Dark Water is written by leading British playwright Ben Musgrave and directed by The Berry Theatre’s Artistic Director Owen Calvert-Lyons with set design by Sean Turner.
‘Performing among those beautiful stone walls will add a whole other dimension to the production,’ says Owen.
‘From the top floor of the keep it is possible to look out across the channel which is really evocative of telling that moment before the armies set sail.’
Across The Dark Water tells the story of Lord Scrope, a close advisor to King Henry, who wrestles with his conscience as he becomes involved in the Southampton Plot.
The show has a four-man cast. Darrell Brockis plays Lord Scrope; Ben Callon is Edmund Earl of March and Chris Gunter is the Earl of Cambridge, his co-conspirators, and Tom Brownlee is King Henry V.
Owen says: ‘Darrell has been touring with the Propellor theatre company for 10 years so he brings a huge amount of experience to the role. They are famous for their all-male Shakespeare adaptations so he is familiar with historic roles and will bring gravity to the part.’
The tour is from July 21- August 2.
Call (023) 8065 2333 or visit theberrytheatre.co.uk for more details and to book.