wanstead players present
1663. Charles II reopens the Playhouses and for the first time, allows women to take to the stage.
For four women, this signals the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. On stage, the women become household names; behind-the-scenes, they develop strong friendships and fierce rivalries. As the camaraderie and chaos of the dressing room ignites their ambitions to play a bigger part in Theatre, can the women stick together to negotiate greater roles; and will their new-found fame bring with it better fortunes?
This vivacious comedy takes us backstage in a Restoration playhouse to celebrate a bold moment in the history of modern Theatre. Telling the story with bawdy comedy, theatrical flair and emotional poignancy, April De Angelis' Playhouse Creatures will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
If only the '#Me Too' revolution had hit the theatres during the Restoration period, the actresses might have had a better time of it. Mind you, Nell Gwyn didn't do too badly, ending up as King Charles II's mistress with all the perks that position entailed!
But in the main, Restoration actresses were treated no better than the performing bears in the pits on which the playhouses were eventually built.
Wanstead Players' Production of Playhouse Creatures by April de Angelis offers a glimpse behind the scenes as actresses began sticking up for their rights and even demanding better payment for their efforts.
The play is earthy, bawdy and a lot of fun.
Please note: Contains some strong language.
The Saturday matinee is a signed performance.