BY VANESSA BATES, DIRECTED BY CHRIS BENDALL
Thought you knew Grimm’s fairy tales? Think again.
Once upon a time….
Hidden in the crevices, drawn from the gutters and alleyways of life, comes a startling retelling of classic fairy tales. This deliciously wicked and dangerously funny one-woman show stars Helpmann Award winning actor and singer Ursula Yovich (Australia, Jindabyne, The Secret River).
She expertly takes familiar aspects of Grimm’s tales and characters from stories of Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and others and cleverly manipulates them into more modern versions and settings. Do not expect sugar-coated children’s stories here. The Magic Hour is gritty, with an air of dark comedy and haunting realism.
From one of Australia’s most original contemporary playwrights, Vanessa Bates, The Magic Hour is a gutsy one-woman comedy told with dark humour and soulful song.
This is story-telling for grown-ups at its very best. A night of stories told at twilight with werewolves and a touch of magic…
“A potent nuanced performance that had the audience on its feet…I was entranced as any kid reading a bedtime story.” – The West Australian
The Magic Hour contains strong language and adult themes
PLAYWRIGHT: Vanessa Bates
DIRECTOR: Chris Bendall
STARRING: Ursula Yovich
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER: Alicia Clements
LIGHTING DESIGNER & ORIGINAL MUSIC: Joe Lui
PRODUCED & TOURED BY: Performing Lines WA
Dates & Times:
Thursday 26 June 7:30pm
Friday 27 June 7:30pm
Saturday 28 June 2:15pm
Saturday 28 June 7:30pm
The Magic Hour is supported by Managing and Producing Services for theatre and dance artists in WA (Maps for Artists), a joint initiative of the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
4 STARS – “…Bates, Bendall and Yovich have collaborated to create something wonderfully ‘not suitable for children’ by thoughtfully excavating our iconic bedtime stories and unearthing the raw, adult drama that was there all along. And while updating Grimm fairytales for a 21st century crowd is far from breaking new ground, rarely has it been done so successfully as in The Magic Hour.”
“It truly was fairy tales like you’ve not heard them before…Very clever indeed was this allegorical retelling. It is a delightful theatrical evening.”
– The Blurb
“The joy of the piece is Ursula Yovich’s storytelling art; a dynamic little actress with a capacity for drawing everyone into her circle with warmth of personality and eye contact.”
– Stage Whispers
“Ursula is a masterful storyteller of great humour and charm, embracing an art as old as time.”
– The Subiaco Post
“…this whole creation oozes quality. A show to see over and over again, it could travel and run for years. Could this be the ‘Production of the Year’? The enthusiastic, standing ovation certainly suggested that this could be the case.”
– Theatre Australia
Read the full review here
“Alicia Clements’ set design is a wonderful configuration of things that appear in memories, dreams and, of course, fairy stories. Ursula moves between the six main characters of each tale, as well as taking on at least two other characters per story plus delivering a number of torch songs, with charm, vulnerability and impish comic timing.”
The Magic Hour’s Ursula Yovich gives voice to forgotten fairy-tale characters
– Sydney Morning Herald
The Magic Hour puts adult-only twist on fairytale women
– The Daily Telegraph
“The mundane becomes magical in Deckchair’s last hurrah…”
Check out these questions and answers with the cast and members of the crew:
Australian Arts Review on the couch with Ursula Yovich – Read the full interview here