Playhouse Creatures, by April De Angelis,
directed by Martin Walsh
was performed March 5th to 7th, 2019
in the newly refurbished Studio Theatre at the Hen & Chicken, North St, Southville, Bristol.
The year is about 1670, a bawdy and troublesome time. Theatres have just reopened after seventeen years of Puritan suppression. There is a surge in dramatic writing and the first English actresses appear on stage.
"With delicious, absurd extracts from the heroic repertory and frantic dressing room scenes, the prevailing tone is comic but you are not allowed to forget the gutter waiting to reclaim these glittering figures." - Independent on Sunday
"Playhouse Creatures" is a moving, often comic, account of the precarious lives of Restoration actresses, and provides strong roles for women.
Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley and Rebecca Marshall are young actresses.
Mary Betterton is a more mature actress, coming to the end of her career.
Doll Common is 60 or so, acts a bit, sweeps up a lot and empties the piss pot.
The cast (in order of appearance):
We are actively recruiting new members to support future productions, both on & off stage.