Princess Ed­ward re­turns

More than a year af­ter The Princess Show, Princess Ed­ward comes back a star in Princess Rules.

The Coast - - ARTS - BY MICHAEL LAKE

Not only has it ex­panded its cast, but Heist has also grown its cre­ative team and brought on Mon­treal-based di­rec­tor Jean-Pierre Cloutier. “It’s re­ally huge for us,” says Wil­cox. “I’ve known Jean-Pierre for 10 years and it has been a wish to work to­gether. So I went out on a limb and asked him to do this show. Hav­ing some­one new from com­pletely out­side of our pre­vi­ous col­lab­o­ra­tion was re­ally great.”

In ad­di­tion to Hal­i­fax col­lab­o­ra­tors Nick Bot­tom­ley de­sign­ing pro­jec­tions with Col­lier and Em­lyn Mur­ray on cos­tumes, there are also Leth­bridge-based artists Deonie Hud­son and Jay White­head and a col­lab­o­ra­tor cre­at­ing nar­ra­tion in China. “We have some­thing like 20 peo­ple work­ing on this show,” says Wil­cox. “For an in­die pro­duc­tion, that’s a lot of peo­ple.”

“The first show we made re­ally quickly, in two weeks,” says Col­lier. “And we had no idea what we were do­ing. This time we brought more peo­ple in, and we made it four weeks, and still have no idea what we’re do­ing.”

Don’t be fooled by the mod­esty—if pre­vi­ous Heist pro­duc­tions like New Water­ford Boy, NA­TION and FACE are any in­di­ca­tion, Princess Rules is sure to be an im­pres­sive spec­ta­cle.

“Like a typ­i­cal Heist show,” says Wil­cox, “the au­di­ence is in­vited to take pic­tures, to hoot and holler. It’s a space that peo­ple can come in and have fun and don’t have to sit in the dark in si­lence.”

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