For the past year, RGM have been developing SHE DEVIL! – a stage adaptation of Fay Weldon’s iconic novel, The Life and Loves of a She Devil. A workshop is taking place in January 2019, directed by internationally renown director of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Simon Phillips. The creative team behind the adaptation are Nigel Planer (Book), Hannah-Jane Fox (Lyrics) and Andrew Holdsworth (Music).
In Fay’s own words, ‘I wrote Ruth the She Devil in 1983, thirty-five years ago, and still she won’t lie down. ‘I am a comic turn, turned serious,’ she declared, as she signed off all those years ago. And she’s back centre-stage once more, all life and light and energy, avatar for every woman who ever loved and lost and dreams of rising again from the flames. Ruth rose again with the help of the cosmetic surgeon’s blade. Oh, and she did burn house and home down to escape domesticity. Her story’s been in a book, a Hollywood movie, a TV series. And now she comes to life again in a new and perfect medium for her – the spectacular stage musical. I’m thrilled for her!’