The Bald Prima Donna

2011-2012

'The Bald Prima Donna' is an absurdist play written by Eugene Ionesco. It is a satirical representation of the English language and the ignorant upper class in the 1950’s. Our interpretation of the text is very much a visual and physical piece with elements of physical theatre, music theatre and visual comedy.

The Smiths are joined by the Martins for a typically English dinner party at their typically English home: “We had a very good meal this evening and that’s because we are English, that’s because we live in a suburb of London and because our name is Smith.”

Their evening consists of story telling, nonsensical poetry and meaningless banter. The absurdism within the piece is prominent throughout the text, and movement sequences. It is also heightened through our use of music and song. This is not the type of performance that requires the audience to follow the narrative closely, look for meaning or search for elements of symbolism. We advise you to sit back and embrace the madness."

PRESS

“Truly amazing! One of the funniest shows I have seen in a long time.”

"The cast are immensely talented and the interpretation of the script is exceptional!"

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TOURED

2012

The Coachmakers, London The Lantern Theatre, Liverpool • The Cockpit, London

CREDITS

Created by Ashleigh Owen & Christina Kruzewski • Cast/Collaborators: Ashleigh Owen, Christina Kruzewski, Jonny Godbold, Ryan Mercier, Ed Currie, Safiah Hashim • Directed by Ashleigh Owen • Audio Visual by Nicole Vardon.