3Bugs company is doing a double-bill of sorts, the first show is an adaptation of Angela Carters ‘The Company of Wolves’ and then after a short fifteen minute break and a new set of actors, her other famous piece, ‘The Bloody Chamber’.
While ‘The Company of Wolves’ is all about sexuality and desire, the second story takes the same themes and shows them from a completely different angle.
The famous fairy tale of Bluebeard, is spun on its head as the richest man in France seduces a beautiful pianist, only once he has married and whisked her away into his castle does she begin to suspect all is not buy cialis online as it seems. The castle is full of secrets and there is one room she is strictly not allowed to visit…
While you can appreciate the ambition of showing two adaptations back to back, ‘The Bloody Chamber’ feels the weaker of the two. ‘Wolves’ is a gorgeous reworking of an iconic tale – dripping with symbolism and double meanings, but ‘The Bloody Chamber’, on the other hand tries to repeat the trick and pales in comparison.
The actors do their best with the average direction; for example, the pianist (Miranda Horn) gives a likeable performance but needs to project her voice more. At points you strain to hear her, and any scene next to the French Marquis (Jack Fairly), with his booming voice, practically drowns her out of several scenes. Fairly on the other hand does a brilliant job. Clearly swotting up on the exploits of Christian Grey he gives a dominating and sexually playful performance.
Dark and twisted but lacking the invention of the first play, it ends up being not half as dark and twisted as it should be.