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Bloody Chamber, The  

Bloody Chamber, The $19.95 ex GST
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Bryony Lavery brings to thrilling life Angela Carter’s tale of seduction, perversion, blood and love (itself a radical re-thinking of the story of Bluebeard) in a shockingly beautiful portrait of the corruption of adolescence in this visceral and visually stunning production that incorporates film, music and live action.
   
She’s seventeen years old and a virgin. She’s poor. The marquis is fifty and rich beyond imagining. He marries her and takes her to his castle, half on land, half on sea. It’s like a fairy tale! The honeymoon has hardly begun before he must leave her with his keys and this instruction: "All is yours, everywhere is open to you—except the lock that this single key fits. You must promise, if you love me, to leave it well alone." 

Review
Carter's lush prose, well served by Bryony Lavery's adaptation, is moist with symbolism -   Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Cast : 6M, 2F

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-887-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB

Author

Bryony Lavery’s skills extend to performer ( Tinkerbell in Peter Pan at the Drill Hall), Artistic Director ( Gay Sweatshop and Female Trouble), writer of children's theatre (including The Dragon Wakes, Madagaskar, and Down Among the Mini Beast) and cabarets (including Floorshow with Caryl Churchill for Monstrous Regiment in 1977) as well as the acclaimed Stockholm and Frozen.  She has also written a biography of Tallulah Bankhead and The Woman Writer’s Handbook and various adaptations including Uncle Vanya and Precious Bane.  From 1989 to 1992 she was Tutor-Lecturer on the M.A. Playwriting Course at Birmingham University.

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