The year is 1669, a bawdy and troublesome time. Theatres have just reopened after seventeen years of Puritan suppression. There is a surge in dramatic writing and the first English actresses appear on stage. Playhouse Creatures by April de Angelis 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.
Produced as a student showcase and with a strongly original conceptual approach, we played at the Bloomsbury Studio Theatre in London. This production drew out the feminist undertones of the play and its continued relevance to issues faced in modern society, using energetic jigs, lots of hay, and an especially composed soundtrack of live music.
Director: Alice Langley
Playwright: April de Angelis
Producer: Hannah Parker
Designer: Alisa Kalyanova
Lighting Technician: Chris Hoyle
Fight Choreographer: Lisa VillaMil
Composer: Samuel Beagles
Stage Managers: Astrid Rothmeier & Tierney Nolen
Nell Gwyn - Esme Bayley
Mrs Betterton - Hannah Parker
Mrs Farley - Zoë Bullock
Doll Common - Samantha Mclaughlin
Mrs Marshall - Amelia Noble
Skin Deep is a fledgling company. Above is a description of work that the co-founders have collaborated on, and which we feel fit within the ethos of the company.