Shakespeare’s Sister

1980 & 1982

Four brides in radiant white glide across the stage and through their domestic tasks. Exploding ovens, boxing gloves and a live cockerel also appear on stage as the brides are instructed in the wifely arts by two kindly but stern grandmothers, played by men. One bride hides in a fridge to escape their supervision and sings “someday my prince will come”. A physically bold and surreal piece of theatre, inspired by Virginia Woolf’s tragic fantasy figure.

  • Written by Theatre de l'Aquarium
  • Translator Gillian Hanna

Cast

1980 PRODUCTION
I.C.A. LONDON
Chris Bowler
Performer
David Bradford
Performer
Josefina Cupido
Performer
Gillian Hanna
Performer
Mary McCusker
Performer
John Slade
Performer
Hannah Beardon
The Child

Production Team

1980 PRODUCTION
I.C.A. LONDON
Hilary Westlake
Director
Gemma Jackson
Designer
Steve Whitson
Lighting Designer
Gus Garside
Administration
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1982 PRODUCTION
TOUR and FESTIVALS
Jan Sargent
Director

Places and dates

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
02/12/1980 - 20/12/1980
Gardner Centre, Brighton
16/02/1982 - 20/02/1982
Drill Hall, London
23/02/1982 - 27/02/1982
Northampton Arts Centre
04/03/1982 - 05/03/1982
Raph Thoresby Arts Centre, Leeds
08/03/1982 - 09/03/1982
York Arts Centre, York
11/03/1982 - 13/03/1982

‘Superb… it is a joy to see how Monstrous Regiment exploit surrealistic and expressionist techniques and give them a blazing theatrical life and function. Music, song, pantomime, lighting, choral speaking and symbolism all play their parts… the cumulative impact of Hilary Westlake’s rapier-sharp production is devastating.’
Nicholas de Jongh The Guardian Dec 1980

Images

Words

Publicity and Press cuttings December 1980 ICA London

Publicity Spring 1982 Tour

Programme and Publicity Summer 1982 Festivals

A selection of reviews