Here are a few photos of the wonderful Weird Sisters performing last weekend at Galoshans Festival in Greenock.
It was really thrilling seeing the performance for the first time, I think it has a magic mix of spookiness, strangeness and humour which reminds me of great horror/comedies like The Abominable Dr Phibes, Phantom of the Paradise and Death Race 2000. (images below) The masked characters in these films embrace their own oddness and are transformed into outsider heroes, stylish symbols of isolation and freedom. It was great to see female characters with the same magnetism, authority and twisted weirdness as the male leads in these films.
The Weird Sisters are mysterious and odd, ethereal, high status and otherworldly - yet they are also very funny and surprisingly sweet. Are they the Fates of classical mythology returned to spell out our ruin, or the living descendants of the Delphic Oracle? Were they born with the memories of each and every one of their ancestors like Alia, the Abomination in Frank Herbert's Dune novels, or are they virginal, naive and indoctrinated like Tenar, The Priestess of the Nameless Ones in Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea series? (images below)
The confidence, shameless self-belief and aloof, charismatic attitude of the Weird Sisters is reminiscent of the way celebrities, politicians and religious leaders act, but they also come across like children, excited and half-convinced by their own made up stories.
The Weird Sisters tell you their version of the truth, and seem to say that the rest of your life story is just fake news.
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