Disturbing examination of ritual and primality
This article is from 2010.
This three-hour theatre experience begins with a gorgeously shot, if largely inaudible, film which alludes to sexual repression in a menacing manner. A coach trip ensues, during which a soundtrack is played which intercuts classic love songs with a disturbing account of a girl’s loss of virginity. Then, at a vast country house, there’s an eerie entertainment, a cross between The Wicker Man and Rebecca, in which a young bride is brought to meet her new family, an assorted bunch of repressive relics and keyhole-peeping servants. Your story depends on which character you follow around the house. This isn’t profound, but there’s some disturbing examination of ritual and primality involved, and it’s very well performed. There’s a lot of running around outdoors so bring your raincoat and wellies.
Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, until 20 Aug, 4.30 pm (film begins 3pm), £15 (£12.50).