Set in the late 17th century, April de Angelis’ play explores the world of the first women to perform on stage. Their status was precarious, the line between actress and courtesan all too permeable, and they were often exploited, used and then cast aside.It is a play that is by turns comic, poignant and shocking. A thought provoking journey that has much resonance with the celebrity culture of the 21st century.
Jeff Thomson – Theatre critic Surrey Advertiser
‘Doll Common ( Diane Nichols ) began as compelling and developed into a triumph. Gilly Fick as Mrs Betterton brought poignancy to the role of a leading lady. Laura Sheppard was a feisty Mrs Marshall who understands the power of stillness on stage. Andrew Donovan as the drunkard Earl of Rochester gave an observed performance that underscored the vulnerability of the women to danger.’
Performed at The Electric Theatre Guildford 14 – 17 November 2007
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