Not in My Name!

The Trial of Niccolo Machiavelli at Fringe Fest '08 Staff

Written by Staff Published on 09.04.2008 13:50:08 (updated on 09.04.2008) Reading time: 3 minutes

Portrait Productions
at Fringe Fest ’08 

Portrait Productions present

Not in My Name! The Trial of Niccolo Machiavelli

Written and performed by
Michael McEvoy
Directed by Jennifer McEvoy

Sunday 25th May – Sunday 1 June 2007. Time: 21.00 – 22.15
A Studio Rubín, Malostranské naměstí 9, Malá Strana, Praha 1

Should Machiavelli be held accountable for “Machiavellian” leaders like Bush?

In the five centuries since he lived, Niccolo Machiavelli has been denounced as “an enemy of the human race”, “a dangerous monster” and “Satan´s teacher “. He has been referred to as “the murderous Machiavel” and “a teacher of evil”; and accused of “converting people to Satan”, devising “maxims for tyrants” and “inventing a science of tyranny”.

What kind of a man could have earned this reputation? Does he deserve it?

Machiavelli pays us a visit, much to his own surprise. And we have a chance to find out about him. But here´s the catch: he finds out a thing or two about us – and the state of the world today. Is it too late for us to learn?

Machiavellian adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Machiavelli, or his alleged principles; preferring expediency to morality; practising duplicity, esp. in statecraft; astute, cunning, intriguing.” Oxford English Dictionary

“I unjustly suffer a great and continuous malevolence of Fortune.” Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince

Not in My Name! – The Trial of Niccolo Machiavelli had its world premiere in Lahore in November 2006 at the Pakistan International Performing Arts Festival. This was followed by a highly successful run at the Edinburgh Festival 2007.

“Thrillingly evokes an exciting period in Italian history.” Metro

“A portrayal of the complexity of Machiavelli´s personality and motives.” www. one4review .com

“Always fresh and fascinating. A heated finale.” British Theatre Guide

“McEvoy played out his story beautifully. An historical extravaganza full of fluid story telling.” Bailey Alexander: The Europhile (Blog)

“In the US, there is no real political commitment and involvement. Plays like McEvoy´s can help.” (Los Angeles documentary-maker Bridget Renee Johnson)

“He dominates the stage with a superb, subtle, animated demeanour from his entrance till his explosive exit. Brilliant.” (Dawn)

Not in My Name! The Trial of Niccolo Machiavelli

Written and performed by Michael McEvoy. Directed by Jennifer McEvoy.

Michael McEvoy´s solo productions have been seen around the world:

A Portrait of Vincent – The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh
The Last Man in Europe – A Portrait of George Orwell
An Act of Will – The Secret Life of William Shakespeare
Not in My Name! – The Trial of Niccolo Machiavelli
Shakespeare´s Kings and Clowns.

His other recent theatre work includes: Polonius in Hamlet at the Courtyard Theatre, London, Claudius in Hamlet at the Broadway Theatre, Catford, London, and Frank in Educating Rita at the International Drama Festival in Pakistan. He is a founder member of the touring company, the Globe Players.

Television work includes the BBC comedy series Chambers, several appearances in ITV´s The Bill, defence counsel in BBC TV´s true crime documentary Who Cared for Billy Jo? and prosecuting counsel in an episode of the BBC´s Watching the Detectives.

Film work includes Cummings in Anxiety and Whitaker in Weyback. His most recent film appearance was in Raven and Lenore, directed by Salmaan Peerzada (Peer Productions USA), to be released in 2008 in the USA.


Welcome to the citys eagerly awaited annual marathon of theatre, dance, comedy, music and film from around the globe. All shows are in English, Czech or are non-verbal and are programmed so that you can see up to 6 shows a day and over 30 shows over the 8 days of Fringe Festival Praha. Shows take place from the afternoon to late evening, most last for an hour or so with time between to zip from venue to venue and grab a bite to eat. Enjoy a warm welcome at our fringe club where you can join the fun, meet the artists and swap notes with other fringe goers on your “hot tickets” for the day…its the fringe way from Edinburgh to Adelaide, now entering year seven here in Prague.

Tickets are 150 CZK.
Student tickets 50 CZK (only available on the door, on the day).

Fringe Voucher for 5 tickets available at Tickestream and can be exchanged for tickets on the day for 600 CZK (including handling fee) (ie 120 CZK per ticket)

Celebrate the arrival of the Fringe! Sunday May 25th – all tickets only 100 CZK

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