Pretty Knickers on full display at the Wee Red Bar!
This up and coming all female Scottish company of bold theatre makers bring a brash new version of an old tale to pantoland with their production of Creeping Beauty.
With a crackling script from Mhairi McCall, who also plays ‘Princess’ Aurora, the six-strong cast put a singular subversive stamp on the Grimm brothers’ story of Sleeping Beauty. In this version, all the key elements of the traditional tale are whizzed forward in time and cleverly turned on their heads.
Aurora is an internet star with a pushy, brilliantly named Mumager (Lana Pheutan) aka Mrs B. (Borealis?), who wants her daughter to increase her popularity and internet likes by hosting an internet ball. However, Aurora would rather go to the local pub quiz with her ‘weegie urchin gal pal’ Versace (McLachie) hilariously captured by Claire Docherty. Unknown to Aurora, an Irish witch called Maleficent (Sarah Dingwall) is replacing the traditional truthful mirror by checking with Siri as to who is getting the most hits on their site. With her evil sidekick Cordelia, played with comic menace by Niamh Kinane, they plan to gatecrash the ball and cast a sleepy spell on the innocent Aurora to leave a clear path for Maleficent’s glory. Is there not a good fairy to come to the rescue? Well, yes and no. The well-meaning but hapless Welsh Glam Fairy (Becky Niven) only got as far as glitter throwing at fairy school. She does, however, do a great job of opening the show with a high energy musical piss-take of the season.
In a charming blend of the old with the new, scene changes are shown side stage in the style of an old music hall with boards on an easel while karaoke-style singing sessions of Madonna’s Material Girl, Shania Twain’s Man, I feel like a Woman and Blondie’s One Way or Another along with a too brief hearing of Radiohead’s Creep, scatter the show like Glam’s glitter.
Pretty Knickers Productions is clearly on a shoestring budget (or should that be a budget as short as a yard of elastic?) but what they lack in polish is made up for by being so refreshingly naughty and clearly enjoyable to be a part of. With sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows since 2017, Pretty Knickers Productions is bursting at the seams with potential. Oh yes they are!
Monday 9th – Saturday 14th December (excluding Thursday 12th) at 7.30pm and 2.30pm for the matinee performance on Saturday 14th.