A sassy celebration of the first English actresses. After the Puritan fun police had closed all the theatres, King Charles II returned to claim his throne and legalised the very first flesh-and-blood leading ladies.
..the gutter is waiting to reclaim these glittering figures..
The raised disk is a flexible performance zone, which in an instant can switch from ‘on-stage’ to ‘off-stage’ scenes. Footlights give a period performance look while down-lights offered the back-stage state. LED candles made from real wax were a constant glow in the peripheries.
A fictional playhouse environment was created within the Pilgrim theatre. Chains and ropes hung in the air space around the central arena to evoke the prior use of the space as a bear pit.
Importantly the artistic team created a place of spectacle, where the audience felt the thrill and perhaps hopefully the gilt of having paid to see these restoration actresses fret their lives upon the stage.
TOBHIYAH STONE FELLER
Director: ANDREW DAVIDSON
Playwright: APRIL DE ANGELIS
Lighting Design: SIAN JAMES-HOLLAND
Costume Design: MEGAN VENHOEK
Photographer: BRETT BOARDMAN
Australian Academy of Dramatic Art
Pilgrim Theatre, Sydney
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