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by April De Angelis

Directed by Louise Wallace

Friday 20th – Saturday 28th March 2015 in the Auditorium

Bawdy, bloody and bold – an earthy account of the lives of some of the first English actresses that’s deliciously funny yet honest and gritty too

1669, London – the monarchy has been restored and, on his return from France, Charles II has brought with him a love of theatre and of actresses! He decrees that women are allowed on the English stage for the first time, much to the delight of their male admirers: corsets are pulled tight, cleavage revealed and acting talent isn’t always required for success. Nell Gwynn becomes the darling of London and catches the eye of the King. But some of the women live for the stage and soon demand more in return for their devotion to the theatre: shares in the company!

This play is a historical drama: a comedy, but with some very dark twists. We glimpse into the real lives of some of the pioneer English actresses who fought hard for their roles, yet spent most of their time beating off the advances of some rather unsavoury men. It’s a play that deals with modern issues seen through the eyes of 17th century women.

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Part of the Barn’s 2014/2015 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club

Cast

Doll Common-Victoria Rive
Nell Gwyn-Lynsey Wallace
Mrs Farley-Julia Ryan
Mrs Marshall-Rachel Wallace
Mrs Betterton-Suzie Major
Lovely Ladies-George Curry
Hannah Leonard

Creative team

Director-Louise Wallace
Assistant Director-Matthew Greenbank
Production Manager-Carol Bush
Stage Manager-Nigel Rive
Deputy Stage Manager-Wendy Bage
Assistant Stage Manager-Krystle Hall
Sheila Grimmant
Set Design-Lou Underwood
Costume Design-Penny Coyston
Costumes-Mari-Eli Tyrrell
Milada Cook
Margaret Wallace
Sylvia Cook
Rehearsal Prompter-Divyesh Thakerar
Emma Bridgeman-Williams
Lighting Design-Trevor Wallace
Lighting Operation-Clifton Hoyle
Sound Design-Rob Wallace
Publicity Photography-Simon Wallace

Performances

Friday 20th – Saturday 28th March 2015

Friday 20th March8.00pm 
Saturday 21st March8.00pm 
Monday 23rd March8.00pm 
Tuesday 24th March8.00pm 
Wednesday 25th March8.00pm 
Thursday 26th March8.00pm 
Friday 27th March8.00pm 
Saturday 28th March2.30pm 
Saturday 28th March8.00pm 

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