The halcyon days of school and the opportunities it afforded her mother has led Wise Children artistic director Emma Rice to adapt Enid Blyton’s classic boarding school story, Malory Towers, into a stage musical. The show premieres this summer, opening at The Passenger Shed in Bristol, before touring.
My verdict? A show that is unabashedly in love with theatre, revelling in the curious mischief of Angela Carter’s novel – what a joy it is to dance and sing, indeed!
Following the success of Wise Children, Emma Rice will adapt and direct Malory Towers, based on Enid Blyton’s classic children’s novels.
Wise Children is the ultimate love letter to theatre. Complete with stars, spotlights, showgirls and Shakespeare – this is a spectacle to behold.
Emma Rice will be stepping into the role of Nora Chance in the critically-acclaimed production of Wise Children, taking over the role from Etta Murfitt, from 26 March to 6 April, covering performances at Richmond Theatre and Belgrade Theatre.
An adaptation of Angela Carter’s 1991 novel about a theatrical dynasty, spanning a century and loaded with Shakespeare, sex and song, Wise Children can exhaust in its constant frenzy of invention, but a surplus of ideas is always preferable than too few.
Earlier this year I headed out on tour with The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – well, I went to every venue on the UK leg of their tour… So with this being my year of Emma Rice, I simply had to do the same thing for Wise Children.
he beauty of seeing a show several times is that you can take in so many different things across the hours you spend in a theatre with it. With it being Emma Rice (and, let’s face it, Katy Owen) I’d booked four tickets in advance of seeing Wise Children.
So what can be done to make Shakespeare less boring, or prove that Shakespeare isn’t boring (depending on how you look at it)? It does feel to me that we’re in the middle of a golden age of Shakespeare productions.
Choreographer Etta Murfitt spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about creating the choreography for Emma Rice’s Wise Children, playing at the Old Vic Theatre before embarking on a UK tour.