R E V I E W S
‘Best of all though is the wickedly camp score by Judith Weir for Margaret Williams’
HELLO DOLLY, GOODBYE MUMMY, a grimly amusing fairy tale in which a little girl outwits her wicked stepmother and stepsisters with the help of a magic doll.
Weir’s score leaps vertiginously from music-hall to Tin Pan Alley via the House of Hammer, all brilliantly conjured from tiny resources (one singer – Linda Hirst – and two instrumentalists). Here at last, the musical rhythm appears to guide the witty grotesqueries of the action without enslaving them; here too, the BBC’s claim to have established a ‘new form’ don’t seem quite so wide of the mark.’
C R E D I T S
director of photography