The first SPP production for 2019.
Playhouse Creatures, by April De Angelis,
To be directed by Martin Walsh
Performance dates - Tuesday to Thursday, March 5th to 7th.
Venue is the newly refurbished Studio Theatre at the Hen & Chicken, North St, Southville, Bristol.
starting at 7:30, doors open 7:15
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.
We are actively recruiting new members, both to help with this production (rehearsals, back stage, front of house etc), and to be involved with our next production.