THE PRINCESS & THE SHOWGIRL
An imagined meeting between Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana. Thick & Tight examine their lives from within and without, from personal and public memory. The work dramatises the similarities between the lives of these two women, the sadness of their childhood, the vast fame, the hounding by press, the very public love affairs and the mysterious unsolved deaths.
"Hay-Gordon is incredible as Monroe, in drag, perfectly lip syncing her lines with extraordinary expression...Perry was sensationally realistic; more so, in fact, than Diana’s actual dialogue for her lip syncs...No-one makes work anything like this. Let’s see more, and in bigger venues!"
It was compulsive, uncomfortable viewing...an exploration of the physicality of their vulnerabilities to clash with the gender performance projected with such high wattage charm."
With guest appearances by Thom Shaw, Josh Spear, Owen Ridley-DeMonick and Claudia Palazzo.
Commissioned by Wilton's Music Hall Strike! Festival 2016
Supported by Arts Council England & Ugly Duck
Thanks to Gary Clarke, Patience Tomlinson, Sheila Hay, Dickie Beau, Lou Cope, Patricia Langa, Julie Cunningham, Owen Ridley-DeMonick, Donald Hutera, Impermanence Dance Theatre, Malgorzata Dzierzon, Carl Harrison and Helen Lovett Johnson.