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Fat Rascal Theatre bring Vulvarine to the King's Head Theatre


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FAT Rascal Theatre have announced the UK tour of their hit Edinburgh show Vulvarine, as well as becoming the new musical theatre Associate Company of the King’s Head Theatre, where the tour will stop off from June 11 to July 6, 2019.

Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average. Her days are filled with mind numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT. But following a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and a well-timed bolt of lightning, Bryony gains superhero abilities and a brand-new persona: Vulvarine, saviour of womankind.

Where is all the tampon tax going? Who is The Mansplainer, and what is his evil plan? Grab your tights, your spanx and your most supportive sports bra. It’s hero time….

Following an outpouring of new superhero musicals with a male protagonist, Vulvarine is a tongue-in-cheek comedy with a feminist message.

And after the release of superhero movies with a social and political focus such as Black Panther and Wonder Woman, Fat Rascal Theatre believe that now is the time for a new politically relevant superhero musical, combining pop culture and musical theatre with gender discussions to create a fresh, funny and relevant new show.

Winners of the Otherplace/Balkan Award, the Eddies Award and the VAULT festival ‘Festival Spirit’ Award as well as receiving an Off West End Award nomination, Fat Rascal Theatre has quickly become a home for new musical theatre, having written and produced five new musicals since its inception in 2016, including sell-out Edinburgh show Buzz: A New Musical.

It is a company run by women, discussing social and political issues through an accessible and appealing format to engage a wider audience. They believe that theatre should aim to inspire, educate or liberate and should be available to everybody.

Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre, said: “We awarded Fat Rascal the Stella Wilkie Award in 2016, hosted their production of Beauty and the Beast in 2017, brought it back this November, and now see them return for Vulvarine next year. We are delighted to build on our relationship with the company in appointing them as our Associate Company, celebrating their specialism in new musical theatre. We’re proud to be their London home, and passionate about their work, which is high quality, entertaining and also has a strong political/social message.

“They will join our other Associate Companies, Atticist and Charles Court Opera, as we look forward to moving into our new theatre in Islington Square. Collaboration is vital at all levels of theatre production, and we’re proud to have such a diverse range of Associates that celebrate all of the values we are passionate about.”

Vulvarine has book by Robyn Grant, lyrics by Robyn Grant and Daniel Elliot and music by James Ringer-Beck. The production is choreographed by Jed Berry, with associate direction by Siobhán Cannon-Brownlie, lighting by Declan Randall, sound by Candice Weaver and prop design by Hugh Purves.

Vulvarine will also play at the VAULT Festival from March 13 to March 17, 2019.

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 hit Brexit (October 30 to November 17) and Charles Court Opera’s Buttons: A Cinderella Story (November 23, 2018 to January 5, 2019).