The Bloody Chamber

adapted by Keith Lodwick from the book by Angela Carter

First performed during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 1997 and then Edinburgh’s Hogmanay at the Underground Vaults in Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh. In 1998 the production was relocated to The London Dungeon and Belfast’s Lagan Weir.

One of The Scotsman’s Top 20 Scottish theatre events of all time.

AWARDS:

Winner: Herald Angel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre

Nominated:  Total Theatre Awards:  Best Use of Design & Best Newcomers

In this promenade production of Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber we follow the journey of a  young bride from innocence to corruption, bathed in the blood of her tortured husband’s sexual obsession. The audience is led by torchlight deep into the dungeon of Count Bluebeard’s castle. Carter’s luscious and witty text is fused with sensual action and simmering live music, as the questionable delights and deviance of desire and curiousity are examined.

In each of its performance locations, Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh, The London Dungeon and Belfast’s Lagan Weir, The Bloody Chamber was the very first full-scale theatre production to have taken place.

What The Press Said:

Cast & Crew:

CAST

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 1997

Groom:  Ralph Bolland
Bride:  Lucy Burden
Storyteller:  Claire Cochrane
Mother:  Sharon Erskine
Piano Tuner/Cellist:  Paul Duncan
Pianists:  Lynsey Thom, Katya Sourikova, Richard Beauchamp
Divas:  Liz Murdoch, Carol Stobie, Diana Kaybourne

 

EDINBURGH’S HOGMANAY 1997 (into 1998)

Groom:  Ralph Bolland
Bride:  Lucy Burden
Storyteller:  Claire Cochrane
Mother:  Sharon Erskine
Piano Tuner:  Stephen Cafferty
Cellist:  Cora Bissett
Pianist:  Lynsey Thom
Divas:  Diane Caborn, Carol Stobie

THE LONDON DUNGEON 1998

Groom:  Ralph Bolland
Bride:  Lucy Burden
Storyteller:  Claire Cochrane
Mother:  Sharon Erskine
Piano Tuner/Cellist:  Donnie Gillan
Diva:  Felicity

 

 

THE LAGAN WEIR, BELFAST 1998

Groom:  Ralph Bolland
Bride:  Melanie Bradley
Storyteller:  Claire Cochrane
Mother:  Sharon Erskine
Piano Tuner/Cellist:  Donnie Gillan

CREW

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 1997

Director:  Ben Harrison
Producer:  Judith Doherty
Adaptor/Designer:  Keith Lodwick
Composer:  Paul Duncan
Costume Design:  
Bridget Webster
Metal Design & Sculpture/Stage Management:  David Crewe & Tudor Jones
Production Manager:  Jon Webster
Technical Manager:  Paul McCabe
Technician:  Nik Janiurek
Technician:  Andy Quinn
Stage Management:  Deborah Crewe & Laura Cockcroft
Stage Management assistants:  Anne Porter, Ros Leonard & Brendan O’Callaghan
Advisor:  Tricia McLean
Print Design:  Two Owls
Photography:  Colin Usher

EDINBURGH’S HOGMANAY 1997 (into 1998)

Director:  Ben Harrison
Producer:  Judith Doherty
Adaptor/Designer:  Keith Lodwick
Composer:  Paul Duncan
Costume Design:  Claire Cochrane
Lighting Designer/ Technical Manager:  Paul McCabe
Metal Design & Sculpture/Stage Management:David Crewe & Tudor Jones
Production Manager:  Jon Webster
Stage Manager:  Amy Shapcott
Stage Management:  Deborah Crewe
Technician:  Andy Quinn
Tech Assistant:  Helen Hazeland & Laura Watson
Advisor:  Tricia McLean
Print Design:  The Mighty Quinns
Photography:  Colin Usher

THE LONDON DUNGEON 1998

Director:  Ben Harrison
Producer:  Judith Doherty
Adaptor/Designer:  Keith Lodwick
Composer:  Donnie Gillan
Costume Design:  
Claire Cochrane
Metal Design & Sculpture/Stage Management:  David Crewe & Tudor Jones
Stage Manager:  Amy Shapcott
Stage Management:  Deborah Crewe & Clare Spencer
Technician:  Andy Quinn
Print Design:  Two Owls
Photography:  Niall Pollock

THE LAGAN WEIR, BELFAST 1998

Director:  Ben Harrison
Producer:  Judith Doherty
Assistant Producer:  Barry Esson
Adaptor/Designer:  Keith Lodwick
Composer:  Donnie Gillan
Costume Design:  Louise Noble & Claire Cochrane
Lighting Designer:  Paul McCabe
Metal Design & Sculpture/Stage Management:David Crewe & Tudor Jones
Stage Manager:  Amy Shapcott
Assistant Stage Manager:  Dan Sansome
Technician:  Stuart Nairn
Print Design:  Quinntessential
Print & Repro:  21 Colour
Photography:  Keith Brame

SUPPORTED BY:

The City of Edinburgh Council, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Foundation for sport and the arts, The London Dungeon, Laganside Corporation, Out of the Nomad’s Tent, Grant’s Florist & The Cloth Shop.