Mother Clap's Molly House

by  Mark Ravenhill, Matthew Scott

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  14m, 7f

Mark Ravenhill's play "Mother Clap's Molly House" explores the gay subculture of 18th-century London.

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Mother Clap's Molly House

by  Mark Ravenhill Matthew Scott

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    14m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Experimental, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

It's London 1726, and Mrs. Tull's got problems. The whores are giving her a hard time, a man in a dress is looking for a job, her husband has a roving eye and the apprentice boy keeps disappearing for 'a wander'. Meanwhile in 2001 a group of wealthy gay men are preparing for a raunchy party. Mother Clap's Molly House, a black comedy with songs is a celebration of the diversity of human sexualtiy, an exploration of our need to form families and a fascinatig insight into a hidden chapter in London's history.
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Reviews

"Ravenhill's writing is tough, eloquent, sardonic, with some of the barbed formality of the Resotration style, which gets brutally peeled off in the present-day scenes. This is not a play you 'enjoy'. This is not a gay play either... The message of this play is not 'Come out', but 'Come in'." John Peter, Sunday Times

"Mark Ravenhill clearly likes to have it both ways. In this wonderfuly exuberant new musical play, he celebrates Sodom like there's no Gomorrah...Delicate souls may be offended but there is no doubting the sincerity of Ravenhill's assault on the tranformation of sex into a dirty business." - Michael Billington, Guardian

"A theatrical manifesto for sexual tolerance that teeters wildly between the politics of Bertolt Brecht and the in-your-face deviancy of a gay nightclub...Ravenhill combines graphic sex with a generosity of spirit." - Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph 

"In this wonderfully exuberant new musical play at the Lyttelton, he celebrates Sodom like there's no Gomorrah. But the satirist in him also attacks the commodification of sex and the resultant loss of love. The result is an evening rich in rudery and ambivalence." - The Guardian

"... there’s something richly moving about witnessing the aesthetic coming-of-age of Shopping and Fucking scribe Ravenhill, whose new play evinces less interest in shock value per se than in showing an unexpected tenderness toward characters who are themselves struggling toward love." - Variety

"This play seems a little gentler and funnier than Ravenhill’s previous work although his trademark buggery scene still makes an appearance. He treats his characters with more affection and, at times, the play is reminiscent of the work of Jonathan Harvey." - British Theatre Guide

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: £32 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 18th Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: London 1726 and London present day
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Casting

14m, 7f

MRS. TULL
STEPHEN TULL
MARTIN, THEIR APPRENTICE
PRINCESS SERAPHINA

WHORES
AMELIA
AMY
MARY CRANTON
MARY BOLTON

WORKING MEN
KEDGER
PHILIPS
THOMAS ORME, THEIR APPRENTICE
GABRIEL LAWRENCE

DEITIES
GOD
EROS

JOSH
WILL
CHARLIE
TINA
TOM
EDWARD
PHIL

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Drag performance
  • Expandable casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Note from Mark Ravenhill: I'm happy for any of the parts to be played by whoever, whatever gender. The gendered casting is only a suggestion and the parts are open to anyone wherever they are on the gender spectrum. 

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Authors

Mark Ravenhill

Mark Ravenhill was born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex in 1966. He studied Drama and English at Bristol University. His first play Shopping and Fucking was produced by Out of Joint and the Royal Court Theatre in 1996. Subsequent plays include Faust Is Dead and Handbag (both Actors Touring Company), Some Explicit Pola ...

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Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott

Premiere at the Lyttelton Theatre, part of the Royal National Theatre, in September 2001.

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