SPID TC, Bluebeard’s Wives

Review in Issue 15-3 | Autumn 2003

Sarah, the most recent of the elusive Bluebeard’s wives, laments her marriage to this strange and secretive character. Apparently alone in the castle, she engages us with a monologue about how she came to be married to the bearded one. There are suggestions of traditional fairytale in the costume and setting but with Sarah’s broad scouse accent it’s as if Perrault’s story had drawn its influences from modern Merseyside living and we spend much of the time hearing how her rags to riches tale isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

This production is sold as multimedia; however, these elements manifest themselves as video projections with a layered soundtrack quite late in the piece. There are suggestions of choreography but the verbal vocabulary is overbearing when weighed against the physical vocabulary. Faith Hagerty as Sarah carries the monologue well, but a better balance between movement and text might have occurred if more attempts had been made to ‘physicalise’ the tale.

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  1. Aug 2003

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Issue 15-3
p. 24