- Clare McVay
- 12 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Revamping fairy tales with toilet humour and feminism
The all-women cast of Honeypot hold nothing back in this powerful, feminist performance.
For so long, the tales of the Brothers Grimm and their Disney interpretations have remained untarnished by time, preserved in a glass coffin and guarded by seven dwarves. Showbox Theatre has essentially smashed open the coffin and the audience discovers Snow White isn't as happy as her serene death mask would have them believe. In fact, all our fictional and beloved princesses are struggling with modern day life, and they have a lot to say about it.
The writing is witty and insightful, but can also be wonderfully crude; the audience howls with laughter as Cinderella and her step-family prepare for her wedding in a public toilet.
All of the cast are skilled and bring each of the princesses to life with unabashed honesty but there are no answers offered as to the plight of these women. As it progresses, scenes speed up and become more obscure, and the ending comes rather suddenly, mirroring the lack of control these princesses seem to have over their own destinies. But by giving them a voice, and looking at the fairy tales from their point of view, it's a start.
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