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