QUEEN BETTE, G.bod Theatre Company, Old 505 Theatre and Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras at Old 505, 25 February-15 March 2015. Photography by Richard Hedger - above and right: Jeanette Cronin as Bette Davis as Elizabeth I.
Many have remarked on Jeanette Cronin’s ability, when she so fancies, to channel silver screen goddess Bette Davis. This is the germ of director Peter Mountford’s original idea, but as has been said here before and often: an idea is not even half the battle, it’s what you do with it that counts.
What he and his star have done is to create a three-dimensional, fully realised woman in a richly fascinating story that plays out over a tantalising one hour solo show. They weave a together the story of young Ruth Elizabeth Davis of Massachusetts with that of the adult actress-superstar Bette Davis of Hollywood, and the role she played twice: Elizabeth I in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) and The Virgin Queen (1955). And of course, there was 1950’s All About Eve, as well as scores of others.Continue reading →