The Bloody Chamber

The Bloody ChamberA young woman yields to her desire for luxury and marries a rich – and very dangerous – man. Abandoned by her husband on their wedding night, he offers her instead the keys to the castle – so long as she doesn’t enter the secret room …

Angela Carter’s wicked treatment brings playful eroticism to the legendary story of the sinister Bluebeard and his ‘missing’ wives. Inspired by her 1979 feminist novelette of the same name and Bartok’s 1911 opera, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, The Bloody Chamber will be a gothic extravaganza in which text, music, and performance provide a spectacle both intimate and mythic.

With a haunting live score and Logie Award-winning actress Alison Whyte embodying every heroine and beast in a tour-de-force performance, The Bloody Chamber is a chilling and lavish theatrical event.

Join us in the castle halls for a wild ride into the murky depths of folk story and fairy-tale. Hold onto your hats. And your head!

Director: Matthew Lutton  Cast: Shelly Lauman, Alison Whyte  Musicians: Jacinta Dennett, Jess Fotinos, Yinuo Mu  Music: David Chisholm  Performance Text: Van Badham  Set & Costume Design: Anna Cordingley  Lighting Design: Paul Jackson  Sound Design: Jethro Woodward

The Bloody Chamber
Malthouse Theatre – 113 Sturt Street, Southbank
Season: 2 – 10 August 2013
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