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Playhouse Creatures - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Playhouse Creatures

April De Angelis

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

5f

ISBN: 9780573130076

"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

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

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UIL Approved

The year is 1669 a bawdy and troublesome time. Theaters have just reopened after seventeen years of Puritan suppression. There is a surge in dramatic writing and the first English actresses appear on stage. Playhouse Creatures focuses on five of the most famous (Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca Marshall, Doll Common and Mary Betterton) to provide a moving and often comic account of the precarious lives of Restoration actresses.

Please note that there are two versions of this play: The Samuel French Acting edition shown above is the original 1993 version with a cast of 5 Women.  We also license the 1997 revised version with three additional characters including The Earl of Rochester and Otway; a cast of 2M and 6F.   Please contact our Licensing team if you wish to request a licence for this version (see Licensing > Contact a Representative, above).  The revised text is available to purchase on our website in the volume April de Angelis Plays 1, published by Faber and also containing Ironmistress, Hush and The Positive Hour).

"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

"Flesh and blood heroines...move and inspire...a few more female role models stamped firmly on your heart." - Time Out

"An immense talent and witty sensitive dialogue...Thoroughly entertaining." - Tribune

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5f

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Reviews
Jayne Blackborow 12/05/2016 08:58
We undertook this play as our first ever performance for a newly formed group of inexperienced actresses.

It was a challenge to say the least. 5 strong female character parts which switch between 'dressing room/real life' and 'on stage' life reading parts from Shakespeare.

Lots of props and costume quick changes. Some 'bawdy' language. Some very long 'monologues' to be learnt, difficult for novice actresses. Some very emotional scenes to deal with...........................including references to abortion

But every long rehearsal, every minute of laborious line learning, every sweat inducing quick change was worth it and we thoroughly enjoyed performing this play .

Don't shy away from it , embrace it, work hard at getting it right and you will be rewarded by 'meeting' 5 strong , humorous, gutsy women from yesteryear whose stories are not so different from the women of today

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