Acclaimed director, Emma Rice is bringing her adaptation of Angela Carter’s 1991 novel to Manchester.
Wise Children is the first production from Emma’s new theatre company and will run for a week at HOME Theatre, Manchester from February 26 to Saturday March 2. For information or to book tickets, click here.
The play spans three generations as the twins tell the story of their lives up until their 75th birthday. The sisters live in Brixton, while their father who doesn’t recognise them lives in Chelsea. We caught up with Emma, the former artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, ahead of the show’s arrival in Manchester next week.
Emma said: “Everybody can relate to this, it’s about illegitimacy and legitimacy, privilege and poverty, family of choice vs family of blood – such universal things that we can really relate to. “It’s about getting older too – it’s got age and beauty.
“The power of theatre is allowing us to all inhabit these two women at all stages of their life.”
Each character is played by three different actors at each stage of their lives. Born in Brixton, the twins work as showgirls.
Emma said: “We go to Brighton comedians on the pier. We go to burlesque, and Shakespeare as well. It’s got high art, it’s got low art and lots of family secrets.”
Wise Children is the debut play for Emma’s new theatre company, which is also named Wise Children. Having studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Emma went on to work as an actor for many years before moving into directing – working on various shows from small theatres to West End productions. In January 2016, Emma became the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London; a position she held until April 2018. Emma tells us that audiences will see more of her in this production than you would see if you see her acting. Talking of her new theatre company, Emma said: “Wise Children is a love letter to theatre. The two words are perfect. I need to be really smart, use all the experience I’ve got to be clever and make this work for me. I also need to keep my innocence and joy. Great theatre is smart and silly.”