The Duchess: a.k.a. Wallis Simpson


An extravagant and inspired epic, The Duchess takes us into a kaleidoscopic wonderland where Kings and Queen dance the Black Bottom, Faerie creatures demand blood, and Empires are given up for love. The play tells the story of the woman for whom Edward Vlll abdicated his throne, Wallis Simpson. It journeys into the emotional centre of a plain, brash, sexual woman, who danced through her ulcers and collapsed only when the cocktails ran out - a woman destined to become the Black Queen of her time. The multilayered script finds a place between straight-forward narrative and magic realism.
"Griffiths' tale has the mad, louche, glittering, flakey confusion of an adult Alice in Wonderland."
Catherine Driscoll, Eye Weekly