The Bloody Chamber


Suitable For: Years 9 to VCE

Best fit: Year 10 and 11

Curriculum Prompts: Music; VCE Theatre Studies; VCE Drama: Solo and Ensemble; English; Literature

Themes and Motifs: Solo performance and character transformation; Musical theatre and Opera; Feminism and women’s liberation; Translation, adaption and recontextualisation; Performance of a short story

Language: A musical-theatre performance in English.

Warnings: The feminist retelling of the Fairy Tale of ‘Bluebeard’ a French aristocrat who murders his young wives.


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The Bloody Chamber

2 August - 10 August
Merlyn Theatre

A young woman yields to her desire for luxury and marries a rich – and very dangerous – man. Abandoned by her husband on their wedding night, he offers her instead the keys to the castle – so long as she doesn’t enter the secret room …

Angela Carter’s wicked treatment brings playful eroticism to the legendary story of the sinister Bluebeard and his ‘missing’ wives. With a haunting live score and Logie Award-winning actress Alison Whyte embodying every heroine and beast in a tour-de-force performance, The Bloody Chamber is a chilling and lavish theatrical event.

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by Angela Carter

Directed by Matthew Lutton
Music by David Chisholm
Performance Text by Van Badham
Set & Costume Design Anna Cordingley
Lighting Design Paul Jackson
Sound Design Jethro Woodward

Cast Shelly LaumanAlison Whyte
Musicians Jacinta Dennett, Jess Fotinos, Yinuo Mu

Photography: Scottie Cameron, Art Direction: Chase & Galley
Rehearsal photography: Lachlan Woods
Production photography: Jeff Busby 

Run Time 1 hour 20 minutes, no interval
Warning Contains graphic imagery and sexual references. Suitable for ages 15+.


Magnify Your Experience

TTT: Time to Talk
Wednesday 7 August, following the 7.30pm performance of The Bloody Chamber.

Carter's Gothic vision is realised with integrity; Whyte gives a tour de force performance, bending the stage to her will and being monstered by it in turns
— The Age
... a multifaceted glittering diamond reflecting and refracting a variety of portraits of desire and sexuality.
— The Guardian on Angela Carter’s novella