Bawdy start for Compass year
PROSCENIUM will raise the curtain on the amateur theatre year with a bawdy and rollicking piece, Playhouse Creatures, set in 17th century England.
The year is 1669, a troublesome time, and theatres have just reopened after 17 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.
The work, by April de Angelis, is at the Compass Theatre, in Glebe Road, Ickenham, and runs from Wednesday, January 14 to Saturday, January 17 at 7.45pm.
Tickets cost £12, and can be bought via the Compass website – www. compasstheatre.co.uk – or by calling 01895 673 200.