An erotic, horror, fairy tale, for the modern feminist.
Written and performed by Clare Testoni (West of The Moon) as a Victorian bride waiting for her unknown groom on her wedding night.
Using gothic shadow puppets, a bed, and an antique wedding dress, she tells stories of beauties, beasts, and Bluebeards as she waits. Through these stories the 5000-year history of ‘Beauty and The Beast’ and its dark origins are unravelled in this chilling one-woman show.
Directed by Finn O’Branagáin (Interrupting a Crisis, Tamogotchi Reset, The Epic) The Beast and The Bride explores these stories away from Disney and children’s books.
We see why these dark tales were originally told, and are asked, in a modern age of gender equality what does it mean to make men beasts and women beauties?
Written and performed by Clare Testoni
Directed and dramaturged by Finn O'Branagáin
Produced by Natalie Di Risio
Music by Elise Rietze
Stage Manager, Adrienne Patterson
Design by Clare Testoni
Corset by Jacqui Lucey