A DARK fantasy adaptation will bring short stories to life as it heads to Maidenhead.

Award-winning Proteus Theatre will perform The Bloody Chamber at Norden Farm on May 6 and May 7.

Written by Angela Carter, the famously twisted stories are based on traditional fairy tales and were first published in 1979.

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The production is performed using aerial circus, visual physical theatre, gothic design and a haunting soundscape.

Director Mary Swan said: ‘Like so many female writers Angela Carter has long been overlooked in the canon of great British literature, but happily this is finally beginning to change.

“Using circus as the chief physical language of the piece enables us to create the surreal, Eschertype worlds of the castle in The Bloody Chamber, the landscapes of Wolf-Alice and the nightmarish home of the vampire in The Lady of the House of Love.

Mary explained Angela’s work is more relevant now than ever.

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She added: “The advice contained in the tales to young women is all too reminiscent of the list published by the Metropolitan Police in 2020 following the murder of Sarah Everard.

“The Reclaim the Night movement started in the late 1970s when Carter was writing The Bloody Chamber, prompted by outrage at the murder of women on Britain’s streets, and that we are still marching in 2022 is a depressing validation of all the warnings contained within these tales.”