Romantics Anonymous is a story predicated on equality, mutual support and finding your own path as individuals (and as a couple) rather than waiting for someone else to come and save you from your life – implications that after years of rom coms and social messaging is subtly but usefully employed through a charmingly conceived but nonetheless carefully structured story.
Wise Children, Bristol Old Vic and Plush Theatricals has announce that Emma Rice’s critically-acclaimed Romantics Anonymous will be performed live to a socially distanced audience for the final performance of their ‘digital tour’ on 27 September 2020 at Bristol Old Vic.
Emma Rice’s version of Angela Carter’s last novel is a beautifully bizarre celebration of alternative families.
Wise Children is the ultimate love letter to theatre. Complete with stars, spotlights, showgirls and Shakespeare – this is a spectacle to behold.
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.
Wise Children is a beautifully designed and performed show, that’s faithful to the source material without ever feeling constrained by it – a great statement of intent from Emma Rice.
Now listen carefully’ says the wonderful Gareth Snook, hosting the proceedings as 75-year-old chorus girl Dora Chance in Emma Rice’s Wise Children, ‘or it’s going to be a long evening’.
Emma Rice’s new residency with The Old Vic opens with her adaptation of the book Wise Children and shares its name with the new company she has founded after the wounding debacle downriver at the Globe.
The Old Vic has announced the cast of Angela Carter’s Wise Children – adapted and directed by Emma Rice – which will have its world premiere at The Old Vic on 17 October 2018, with previews from 8 October, ahead of its UK tour.
Casting has been announced for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Peter Pan (17 May to 15 June 2018), directed by artistic director Timothy Sheader.
There’s a moment early on in The Life where Sharon D Clarke’s been-around-the-block-and-then-some Sonja has a moment akin to Jenna Russell’s ‘The Revolutionary Costume for Today’ in Grey Gardens where she utterly and completely steals the show with an outstanding musical number, the likes of which will scarcely be bettered all year.