Another Soup returns to Omnibus Theatre with their latest production after their 96 Festival-headlining premiere of The Soul of Wittgenstein, and I’m thrilled to return with them for another invigorating post-show Q&A! This time discussing a classic Gothic horror!
Alice has not formed the correct bond with her baby. That’s what her doctor and husband say. Isolated from her child and banished to the country for ‘rest’, Alice falls further down the rabbit hole of her own mind. The wallpaper haunts her. But is she really sick, or are there more sinister forces at play?
The Yellow Wallpaper is based on early American feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman‘s cult short story, which was written in 1892. Yorkshire writer Ruby Lawrence has updated the story as a haunting cautionary tale for the modern age, showing the damage that we can do when we do not listen, and when we force our own narratives onto others.
The Yellow Wallpaper explores a broad range of subjects including misogyny, gaslighting, mental health, domestic abuse, politics, and post-natal depression. It’s part of Omnibus Theatre’s Whispers from the Wall season, a programme of work inspired by the building’s heritage as an old library, a former repository of books, a place of shelter and learning.
The premiere of The Yellow Wallpaper is directed by Another Soup’s artistic director Dave Spencer, who also helmed the critically acclaimed premiere of The Soul of Wittgenstein at the Omnibus in February.