All’s Well That Ends Well – 15/06/1988

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Title All’s Well That Ends Well
Start Date 15/06/1988
Abstract The application for Theatre Board funding described it as a feminist production set in a girl’s high school, which deconstructed social mores. The production included popular love songs of the 1970s and 1980s and combined elements of high and low culture. It was performed in the round in a non-traditional theatre space. According to the production report, it dealt with the contradictions between the ideals of romance and lived experience through a style verging on parody. Popular songs were used to “suggest the hegemony of romance”. Women played men’s roles. The show suffered slightly from a lack of focus and dealt with too many ideas.
Director Sharon Peel
Author William Shakespeare
Designer Selina Tso
Company DAJAO!
Venue Lower Dining Hall, Union Building
Extra Notes Revue
Notes Peel noted that the poster was a metaphor for the production: “a book cover of ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ in Mills and Boon format”. She cited Helene Cixous’ proposal for a non-voyeurist, feminist thetare in which audience and actor were not separated from one another. It includes set designs and sketches. Listed in TB production status reports.
Cast All female cast including Frances Forrest, Elisabeth Matthews, Carolyn Papworth, Alex Wilson, Melissa Stark, Leonie Hewson, Katherine Connolly, Moo Permezel, Louise Goggin, Samantha Phillips, Samantha Bond, and Lynn Isaac.
References TB mins 2/88 and 1/1989