Fairytales, Shakespeare and carnivals – oh my!

A LIVE stream screening of a new stage-adaptation of Angela Carter’s last novel, ‘Wise Children’, is coming to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis.

True to Carter’s trademark world of absurd magical realism, disorientation rules as the show follows twin chorus girls, Nora and Dora Chance, who are celebrating their 75th birthday.

They do this, surreally, on the same day as their assumed father Melchior Hazard, the greatest actor of his generation. Melchior’s twin brother, Peregrine, is also celebrating his birthday – if he is even still alive.

Expect sex and scandal, show girls and music, mischief and mistaken identity – and one or two butterflies – for this all encompassing performance.

It’s pure, unadulterated theatre with an airtight company, subject, direction, and production. Rice not only blind-casts the whole piece, but single-handedly gives a masterclass on how to play with gender – Broadway World

Emma Rice, the director and former artistic director for Kneehigh and Shakespeare’s Globe, who has just announced a re-imagining of Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, injects her signature impish and exuberant vision into Carter’s fantastical story – and simultaneously launches her new eponymously named theatre company, Wise Children.

Filmed live from the York Theatre Royal, ‘Wise Children’ is a loud and bawdy entanglement of theatrical joy and heartbreak, celebrating showbusiness, family, forgiveness, hope, scandal, mischief, with a generous sprinkling of Shakespeare.

Tightly packed with singing, dancing, and carnival vibes, the show takes its audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions

Fantastic. Life-enhancing, brilliantly uninhibited, all-singing and dancing… Stars? I’m not sure why you would stop at five – The Observer

‘Wise Children’ will be held at the Marine Theatre on Tuesday, October 3 with the bar opening at 6pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets are £11 in advance, £13.50 on the door or £5 for under 18s with a 10% discount for theatre members. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com

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