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Review: Southern Belles, King’s Head Theatre

08 August, 2019 — By Ezreen Benissan

George Fletcher and Luke Mullins in Southern Belles. Photo: Scott Rylander

TWO tales, one key theme. Love. Southern Belles marries two one-act plays, Something Unspoken and And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens by Tennessee Williams, for the King’s Head Theatre’s Queer Season.

Directed by Jamie Armitage, Southern Belles explores the hesitations and anxieties faced by queer men and women during the 1950s.

The production begins with Something Unspoken, a play that explores the complex rela­tionship between one of society’s elite members Cornelia (Annabel Leventon) and her secretary of 15 years, Grace (Fiona Marr).

Performed on a glorious bubble-gum-pink stage, the poetic flow of the performance quickly becomes static and colourless. What we craved in the first play is certainly delivered in the second performance.

And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens is unapologetically vehement and confronting. When Candy Delaney (Luke Mullins) invites a sailor, Karl (George Fletcher), into her home things quickly turn violent.

The pair’s interaction dances between desire and abhorrence. The pacing is rapid, sharp and most importantly cerebral.

A thought-provoking and confronting coupling of two of Tennessee Williams’ forgotten work.

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