Review: Princess, LOST Theatre

“So you think you can be a princess?”

Caught somewhere between theatre and dance, art installation and gay club extravaganza, Stuart Saint’s Princess makes for a fascinating project, conceived as a response to traditional Disneyfied notions of fairytale femininity and finding something altogether more Grimm at its heart. Accompanied by a pulsing 80s-influenced electropop score by Saint, who also directs and choreographs, it’s a show full of striking moments.

It’s also a faintly perplexing show – a detailed synopsis in the programme offers clues as to what is happening once we’ve gone down the rabbit hole but even so, the narrative thread is hard to follow. Matters aren’t helped by the talented company having to multi-role their way through the mash-up of storybook tropes, too often lacking the time to give characters the necessary definition before the next costume change and then the next. Continue reading “Review: Princess, LOST Theatre”