By Vanessa Bates. Queensland Theatre Company. The Bille Brown Studio, 20 – 31 May 2014; The Street Theatre, Canberra, July 4 - 6, and touring.
Six fairy tales are transplanted into modern Australia, reimagined from the points of view of female bit parts, Rosencranz and Gildenstern are Dead style, who are bad, ugly, or overlooked in the originals. Fairy tales make wonderful fodder for exploration of assumptions built in to cultures – you can tell a lot from who is baddy, who is the goody, whose story is told and who is left behind. There’s that mix of magic, morality tale and the grotesque, reawakening images and fears from childhood.