Did you know that âThe Worm That Turnedâ was set in 2012?
Donât worry if you havenât heard of it. It was a 1980 series within a series on British sketch show âThe Two Ronniesâ in which women have taken over Britain, reversing gender roles, although the guards (led by silver screen legend Diana Dors) are still clearly wearing alluring boots and hot pants with male viewers in mind.
Fast-forward 40 years and Down the Rabbit Hole are staging a new take on a Harold Pinter satirical play âParty Timeâ, which is more than a little reminiscent of âThe Two Ronniesâ effort.
The male leaders of a totalitarian state in Pinterâs original are perhaps a little influenced by the government of Gilead in Margaret Atwoodâs 1985 novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.
And given that thereâs only so much public hanging, ritualised rape and finger amputation we can take, itâs probably a good decision to flip the leadersâ genders in âParty Timeâ â to lend its tired script a few modern nuances in light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
Beyond the gender issues, there are other themes at play, such as the narcissistic attitude of a bourgeois society cut off from the growing squalour of the outside world, which is all too prevalent in countries of vast inequality such as Trumpâs America and Brexit-ravaged Britain.
The decision means that director Michael Wighton is taking charge (if theyâll let him) of an all-female cast, including seasoned actors Tove Simonsen and Audrey Cremoux, who have been joined by three students from KÃ¸benhavns Film & Teaterskole, with which Rabbit Hole is developing a fruitful collaboration, of whom one isÂ Seren Oroszvary, who played Nina in ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ last spring.