Dance, Theatre, Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre & Cabaret, Comedy

The Princess & The Showgirl

UK

FREE ONLINE EVENT

Thurs 24 Sep - Sun 27 Sep | 35 minutes Online Event
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Troubled icons Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe are brought vividly back to life by Thick & Tight in this rapturous half-hour of dance-meets-drag-meets-tragedy, with several camp cameos... 

The premise of much of Thick & Tight’s work is to pair together famous faces whose paths never crossed in real life, to reveal something about human nature through these imagined encounters. In The Princess & The Showgirl, a heady mix of dance, lip-syncing, voice clippings and film reconstructions, Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe are dogged by fame and beauty. They find solace in one another, bound together by the sadness of their childhoods, the hounding by press, their very public love affairs and mysterious unsolved deaths.

The Princess & The Showgirl is part of A Night With Thick & Tight, an award-winning triple bill presented at Brighton Fringe Festival, London International Mime Festival and Wilton’s Music Hall.

Thick & Tight are a UK based dance duo who take influence from a range of historical, political, literary & artistic subjects. Based in rigorous ballet & contemporary techniques, their choreographic style is intricate, distinctive & musical, incorporating elements of queer performance such as drag, lip-syncing & camp humour, with a close relationship between movement & design. Established in 2012, their award-winning work has been shown extensively in the UK and beyond.

Co-directors Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry are interested in promoting queer culture and accessibility within dance and exploring dance as a political art form with the power to challenge and dispel social stigma.

Show details

Show details
  • Australian premiere
  • This event will also be live-streamed as part of Global Fringe Gala Week 4.
Venue details & accessibility
Online Events

When the live or on-demand stream is available it will be housed on this event page. Simply scroll down until you see the video image, and click play! In 2020 all online Global fringe events are Pay What You Feel. There is no pay-wall stopping you from accessing the event, but we encourage all viewers to click the “Pay What You Feel Now” icon within the video screen and contribute what you believe the work has been worth to you.

Dates and times

ONLINE EVENT

Thurs 24 Sep - Sun 27 Sep
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Reviews

"A subversive delight" ***** The Stage

"No-one makes work anything like this" BachTrack

"Original, inspired and fantastically talented" Total Theatre

"F’ing excellent, Like watching Nureyev and the Divine David on mushrooms! Book now, like NOW" G Scene

"Cultured magpies" Exeunt Magazine

"I love it... I’m literally craning my neck to get closer to the stage" British Theatre Guide

“Appallingly entertaining” **** The Observer

Credits
  • Marilyn Monroe – Daniel Hay-Gordon
  • Princess Diana – Eleanor Perry
  • Prince Charles/Michael Jackson – Owen Ridley-DeMonick
  • Camilla Parker-Bowles – Claudia Palazzo
  • Arthur Miller – Josh Spear
  • Tony Curtis – Thom Shaw
  • Costumes – Thick & Tight
  • Music – Olivier Messiaen, Terry Riley, Jule Styne and Leo Robin, Duran Duran, Brian Eno & David Byrne, Marilyn Monroe, The Velvet Underground
  • Photography – Judita Kuniskyte & Jon Archdeacon
Presented by
Supporters
  • Presented at: Sadler’s Wells as part of London International Mime Festival, The Marlborough Theatre as part of Brighton Fringe, Wilton’s Music Hall
  • Supported by: Arts Council England, South East Dance, The Marlborough Theatre, Ugly Duck, Steyning Festival & The Royal Hippodrome Theatre Eastbourne.
  • Originally commission by Wilton's Strike! Festival 2016

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