So what happens when the Disney princesses are able to tell their side of the story? Their frustrations at their representation, the white washing and the “waist the size of your neck.”
This adult only romp through the various possibilities is a great treat and Exit Stage Left are clearly off on what should be a hugely successful and entertaining week at The Rondo Theatre, Larkhall.
Under the musical direction of Lauren Davies, the cast of 6 prove themselves to be superb vocalists both as soloist and during the close harmony sections.
Natasha Tara Green (The Princess Who Kissed the Frog) brings Act 1 to an astonishing end with a superb performance. Alongside Sam Thorp, Jane Morgan and Louise Couzens whose woes as Mulan, Ariel and Sleeping Beauty reflect excellent comic timing whilst Rachel Bosomworth (Cinderella) and Leah Farmer (Snow White) make up the impressive team.
Performed on an empty stage the production rattles along with great energy as a sequence of torch songs and company pieces that reflect the difficulties of being caught in the Disney trap. There is much to enjoy here and Sam Thorp as Pocahontas reflects the implications of changing stories and history for a cinema audience.
There are standard comedy moments regarding large breasts, commercial success, food restrictions and the inevitable question as to whether anyone needs a “Prince Charming” the invitation is purely one of enjoyment and escapism. With this cast it is hard to imagine anyone not leaving with a huge smile on their face.
Grab a ticket and hide from the world for a while.