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.
*At Edinburgh Festival, Little Lyceum Theatre.
‘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