A showcase recently took place at The Other Palace (formerly the St James Theatre) for the MTI Mentorship Award Stiles + Drewe Prize winning show The Wicker Husband (not to be confused with the horror film The Wicker Man). The show has been in development for the past twelve months since winning the award.
The Wicker Husband is based on the short story by Ursula Wills-Jones. It tells the tale of a woman known as Ugly Girl. A local town fish seller who is told she will never have a husband because she is too ugly. A chance encounter with an Old Basket Maker reveals the chance to have a husband made for her out of Wicker. But when the local women of the town meet the handsome new husband they are overcome with jealousy and hatch a plan to destroy Ugly Girls relationship and her happiness.
It’s an interesting story and one that doesn’t drag. The climax of act one leaves the audience begging for more, wanting to find out what happens next and the songs are well written. With a cast of well established and award winning actors including Tyrone Huntley, Rebecca Trehearn and Clive Rowe, The Wicker Husband has a lot of support behind it to help the show take its next steps towards a full scale production.
The Wicker Husband showcase was performed in the hope that it will find producers who want to help take the show further. For more information about the show, or to receive demos and a full draft script contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Samuel Black