Playhouse Creatures, Upstage Centre Youth Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, July 10 to 14 (From York Press)
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Playhouse Creatures, Upstage Centre Youth Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, July 10 to 14
HEDGEPIG Theatre, the new York company formed by love’s pretty young things, Andy Curry and Gemma Sharp, have the cast and crew in place for their debut production.
April de Angelis’s Playhouse Creatures will be staged at the Upstage Centre Youth Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, from July 10 to 14.
This brash, thought-provoking and humorous play is set in 1670, the year that actresses were allowed to perform on the English stage for the first time.
“April de Angelis’s play brings to the stage some of the historical actresses of the day – Nell Gwyn, Rebecca Marshall and Mrs Betterton – in a glimpse backstage at the camaraderie, rivalry and the extreme lengths these ‘Creatures’ will go to for success in this dark new world,” says director and co-founder Andy Curry.
“Our production is utilising some incredible Yorkshire talent both on and off stage, including Six Lips Theatre’s Anna Rose James as Nell Gwyn and Roxanna Klimaszewska as Mrs Rebecca Marshall; acclaimed York actresses Lindsay Smith and Barbara Miller as Mrs Mary Betterton and Doll Common respectively; and Hedgepig co-founder Gemma Sharp as Mrs Elizabeth Farley,” says Andy.
The cast is joined in the production credits by costume designer Julia Smith, owner/designer of The Mistress Collection; make-up designer Chloe Furze, from Parashoots and Milestone Films; and lighting designer Kelli Zezulka, who has designed for the Royal Court in London and West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Alexander King, of the bands Glass and Berlin Black, has composed an original score.
“Hedgepig are developing a rich, stylish and atmospheric production that pulls together some of the best talent in the region,” says Andy. “Suffice to say, we’re incredibly excited to put our stamp on this powerful and dynamic play.”
More information on the cast, crew and inaugural production – including regular production updates, photos, sketches and backstage diaries – can be found online at hedgepigtheatre.co.uk
Tickets for the 7.30pm performances are on sale at £9, concessions £7, on 01904 623568 or hedgepigtheatre.co.uk