Bawdy start for Com­pass year

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­

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. com­passthe­ – or by call­ing 01895 673 200.

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