Forever Glasshouse. Season 2018.
by April DeAngelis
Presented by Glasshouse Port Macquarie & Pigeonhole Theatre
Curiosities, sex objects, or professional artists?
In 1660 the throne was restored to Charles II and he returned from France in triumph. He brought with him an addiction to the theatre, as it had been done by the French. Boys will be boys, the saying goes, but boys would be girls too in England’s theatre companies until Charles decreed that women would – for the first time – be allowed to perform on the English stage. Audiences turned up in their droves – including the King – to see the spectacle of women performing.
This is the story of five actresses of this time, their triumphs, their trials, and their struggle to be taken seriously as legitimate actors – a moving and funny account of the precarious lives of Restoration actresses.
It is an outstanding production... It is dramatic and funny while at the same time being very informative on the history of theatre... They recently performed it at an international theatre festival in Monaco to great acclaim.
STEPHEN PIKE, PROGRAM MANAGER / ARTISTIC
DIRECTOR THE Q, QUEANBEYAN
Director: Jordan Best
Set Design: Christian Nowak
Costume Design: Anne Kay
Sound/Music Design: Matthew Webster
Lighting Design/ Photography: Kelly McGannon