Photographs by Greg Veit

★★★★ Remote Goat
"Thoroughly Entertaining... Amias has crafted seamlessly the language of the day with fresh words which still retain the classic feel of the period... Pradeep Jey’s faultless direction always serves the story while the costume by Anna Sorensen Sargent looks splendid... Claire Louise Amias has all the qualities needed to perform a one-woman play. She has a strong, well modulated voice, the ability to switch character in an instant, and a repertoire of assorted voices with which to vary the narrative."

★★★★ Female Arts
"You'll be hard pressed to find a show quite as original and enjoyable as this one...Amias as Behn is meticulous yet personable... Amias' passion for the projects shines through every detail of the show."

A Younger Theatre
"Through movement, various voices, accents and physical transformations, Amias alternated between the narrator and characters seamlessly. The emotion she portrayed translated as real, current and authentic which she used to immerse the audience into the boisterous existence that was Aphra Behn...The overall production was entertaining, witty, well written and insightful into the life of a woman who at times seems forgotten"

Shy, Strange, Manic
"The actress Claire Louise Amias delivery was strong throughout, and could easily move from heartbreak to humour seamlessly. She manages to make you forget that this hour long performance is actually a monologue, as she switches between characters in conversation. A strong script and a strong performance."

Audience Response:

“The Masks of Aphra Behn, written and performed by Claire Louise Amias was excellent. A compelling story of a fascinating woman”
“Stunning performance by Claire Louise Amias”
“Fabulous writing and acting”
“Excellent show written and performed by Claire Louise Amias. Highly recommended.”
“Just spent a charming evening with Aphra Behn (AKA Claire Louise Amias), Go and see… beautifully performed and wonderfully engaging. “
“Brilliant writing and performance by the very talented Claire Louise Amias”
“A huge congratulations to A Monkey With Cymbals for the brilliant ‘The Masks of Aphra Behn’”.
“Thoroughly enjoyed tonight’s intimate evening with a spellbinding Aphra Behn. Thanks to Claire Louise Amias for a fabulous performance.”
“So good. Don’t miss this tour de force”
“Chuffed to have caught the amazing performance of Claire Louise Amias in this one-woman show.
“A fascinating and brilliantly executed piece”
“Really well observed, lovely characters, very precise changes. Fascinating story too – I loved it.
“An extraordinary tale exquisitely acted. Gorgeous costume”
“Saw Claire Louise Amias in The Masks of Aphra Behn this weekend. Loved her performance and spotlighting of the great Aphra”.

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