A bodice-ripping musical full of gothic silliness and sapphic tomfoolery
Grab a bonnet, lace up your corset, and prepare to swoon, as this tongue-in-cheek musical whirlwind parodies the best in bodice-ripping romance. Innocent maidens and haughty aristocrats ardently pursue each other through a tempestuous, gothic landscape, replete with murder, elopement and heaving bosoms a-plenty as two heartbroken women jump between the pages of the same bonk-busting paperback – and play all the parts between them!
“Oh what a day! Oh what a wind of hope blows through the echoing corridors of my breast! Rattling at the knobs and knockers of the doors to my dry and dusty emotions!”
Bryony Lavery’s wonderful pastiche of the Mills and Boon genre is joyfully peppered with torch songs and is revived at The Hope Theatre in a 25th Anniversary production, featuring original music by Ian Brandon (Notes From My Shelf, Big Bruvva, On Our Street) and directed by Matthew Parker; The Hope’s Off West End award-nominated Artistic Director.
Matthew Parker comments: “With just two weeks to go before curtains up, we’re having intense fun in The Hope Theatre studio as Her Aching Heart‘s Molly (Naomi Todd) and Harriet (Colette Eaton) sing their gorgeous hearts out to Ian Brandon’s glorious new musical score. We’re having an absolute ball here. There’s so much going on – sword fights, puppetry, dancing and a whole lot of laughter – and we really cannot wait to share this brilliant comedy with our audiences.”
Writer: BRYONY LAVERY
Director: MATTHEW PARKER
Composer: IAN BRANDON
Designer: RACHAEL RYAN
Lighting: TOM KITNEY
Sound: PAUL FREEMAN
Her Aching Heart
29 November – 23 December 2016 at 7.45pm