Gothic Romance Sleeping Beauty seen through the creative vision of Sir Matthew Bourne is celebrating its 10th-anniversary revival ballet production. From the fairies entertaining baby Aurora to the floating Sleeping Beauty behind the locked gates each twist and turn brings a new charm to the audience.
Baby Aurora is an absolute delight to watch. The puppetry skills are superb. The black silhouettes cast by the puppeteers are slightly visible from behind the baby. However, they add to the atmosphere of the gothic staging. The Baby’s mannerisms and characteristics are incredibly life and watching her outwit the butlers and nannies was hilarious.
Sleeping Beauty’s storyline follows the familiar fairy-tale story. Aurora falls in love with Leo, the Royal Gamekeeper (Stephen Murray). On the day in which she comes of age Carabosse (Paris Fitzpatrick) attends her party and finds a way to trick Aurora into touching the thorn of a beautiful blue rose. Sending her into a dreamland trance for one hundred years.
Cordelia Braithwaite performs with ease and perfection the role of coming-of-age Aurora. Her incredible stage presence sweeps along her suitors and family with grace, captivating the audience at the same time. As we watch her demise in horror and await her return one hundred years later.
Lez Brotherston set and costume designer brings gothic horror fantasy to stage with bold and dramatic effects. From the enormous beautiful moonlit sky to the eerie forest locked behind the large iron gates. I was especially impressed with the flowing dresses worn by the female fairies.
Director Matthew Bourne yet again succeeds in adding a twist to a well known fairytale and creates a lasting impression on audiences accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s timeless musical score brining the romance, humour and dark gothic villainy to life.
For further information on this touring production and future performances at the Mayflower Theatre Southampton please use the links below.
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