Angela Carter’s dark and quirky take on the ancient tale of Bluebeard, the notorious sadist and torturer of French folklore, is brought to the stage by a young and smooth cast. Believably transforming the stage to a windswept, isolated castle on the cliffs above the sea, and from there to a bloody chamber of horrors, the actors move gracefully and softly into a web of fear and anxiety until they are cornered and expecting… not the obvious! Bluebeard’s charming, silky voice lures his young wife, as innocent as Eve, into tasting the forbidden apple. She uses the key to the room she is not allowed in, and ultimately has to face death. Never write off the mother and a blind piano player!
C eca, 1-27 Aug (not 14), 9.35pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Veronika Kallus]