Is This The Kind of Play You Would Wish Your Wife or Servants to Watch?

Posted: September 1, 2010 in Article
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Lady C

Picture the scene …

Four days before the Edinburgh Fringe starts.  A show has just pulled out of a venue.  A space has come up.

We’ll get no publicity because the Fringe cant update their computer records or the programme.  Nobody will hear about us if we go.  They will struggle to find us even if they know about us.  In fact the only place they can find times, venue and ticket prices is on Facebook.

We will probably lose a fortune.  We don’t have a cast or a budget.  In fact we barely have a script.  Shall we go?

This was the hilarious conversation between radio and TV stalwart Graham Frost and his ol’ writer pal, David Garcia. Luckily, David had a script he was working on about the impact of DH Lawrence‘s Lady Chatterley’s Lover on society.

“Brilliant,” said Graham.  “If anything will sell at the Fringe, it’s a cultured piece of full frontal nudity, wrapped up in literature, social commentary and beautiful women writhing around the stage.  Let’s go!”

Within a few days they had their 1-man, 2-women cast and production team all packed and ready to go, laid down with suitcases at rush hour King’s Cross.

“Rehearsals start as soon as we arrive in Edinburgh.  We will all be naked.  Including the production team.  Everybody fine with that?  Anybody got a problem?  Great.”

Arriving unfashionably late, I was forced to sit in the front seat of the packed GRV theatre, a mere foot away from one penis, two balls, four boobies and two Brazilian pudendas.  A bit of audience participation began the show so I cringed into my seat and kept schtum for fear of conversing with said externalia while trying to maintain constant eye contact.

Lady C is a multi-faceted docu-drama on the impact of DH Lawrence’s ground-breaking Lady Chatterley’s Lover.  Scenes from the book are acted out, including ‘the dirty bits’ of course and re-enactments of the 1960 Obscenity Trial to censor the book:  “Is this the kind of book you would wish your wife or servants to read?”

Lady C has drama, re-enactments and social commentary, spliced up with individual ad libs.  The cast step out of character and introduce their real names; interest in the play; best and worst sexual experience and a bit of frolicking stand up.

Jen Healy, a saucy little minx, is a child of Ealing Studios and Fionella Fielding‘s double, plays a multitude of roles along with Brendan Riding and Rebekah Roe against a backdrop of film and moving images, great lighting and a riveting sound track.

All in all, an adventurous, stimulating (ooh matron) and well-paced Fringe Festival theatrical romp.

©Fin Wycherley

Other Articles:

A four-star review from One 4 Review

A four-star review from Fringe Review

Interview of Graham Frost by Sacha A Miller

Facebook: Lady C The Show

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