Aphra Behn and Nell Gwyn were good friends. One of them the first professional female writer and the other an actress turned royal courtesan, they helped each other find success, despite humble beginnings.
Oranges and Ink takes place at a time when fake news about a ‘Popish Plot’ to kill the King was being used to stir up anti-Catholic feelings. When the public seem more interested in the theatre of politics than the playhouses themselves, how is Aphra to continue making a living from her plays? And what will happen to Nell if the King dies? Can she go back to the stage?
Set in the vibrant and frequently debauched world of Restoration theatre, the play follows the trials and tribulations of two female libertines in an age of intolerance and social upheaval.
Oranges and Ink will have a 2 week run at the Tristan Bates theatre in the West End, Spring 2019.
Director: Alex Pearson
Writer: Claire Louise Amias
Cast: Sarah Lawrie and Claire Louise Amias
This is an A Monkey With Cymbals co-production with And Tomorrow Theatre Co. and Alex Pearson Productions.
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