By excavating the sexual, the uncanny and the confrontational in the fairytale through a visually spectacular and dense aesthetic, Preljocaj creates a landscape of noir romanticism, albeit one that is humorously self-conscious, toying with the dense, excessive romanticism of Mahler’s symphonies that accompany the piece.
Howl’s doesn’t quite articulate the totality of its mediums - the acting travels from panto to parody, and this humour doesn’t find its place in the production. Guillermots’s own Fyfe Dangerfield’s score and Stephen Fry’s narrative input do help to lift the energy and convey some of the novel’s charm and dramatic richness, yet they’re not fully integrated in the show.
At its strongest, Two in Your House gives a potent flavour of the ideological and personal boundaries inherent in the home as a site of struggle. It is packed with wit and charm, serving as an incomplete portrait of a significant recent event whose cultural and political life is short-lived despite its implications.