January 2015 – Bette and Joan transferred to the St James Theatre studio to open their Icons season. The studio made a perfect space to bring the piece to, luxurious and intimate, so that the two Sarah’s had great opportunities to include the audience in the wild ride that is Bette and Joan. Hugely successful, we were very warmly received and had a great time at the St James.
In 2011 I became co-director of Bette & Joan, the Final Curtain, which was a devised piece for Foursight Theatre which involved a quirky and playful working of the rivalry of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Along the way it examined celebrity, the Hollywood of the 30s, 40s and 50s and the role played in this world by these two complex women. The piece centred around the visual world of the the now cult B-movie classic in which they both starred, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, in which both actresses sent up their former iconic status in a bid for ongoing fame. This was a dark, funny and sometime savage piece and I was delighted to work on it with Sarah Thom, who I’ve collaborated with many times in our angels in the architecture partnership, and also with James Greaves, Sarah Toogood and Elena Pena.
The piece was well-received in Edinburgh at the Assembly Rooms, and went on to tour nationally, developing a strong audience base. We hope we’ll be bringing it back again one day soon.
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