Handbag or The Importance of Being Someone archive"I am my own creation and it is generally agreed that I have made a very good job of it" (Handbag). Twenty-eight years before The Importance of Being Earnest, a young woman gives birth to a baby boy. Is it an accident when Nanny places him in a handbag and her unpublished novel into the pram? In 1998, a new baby is stolen and an academic discovers an unpublished novel of more than usually revolting sentimentality. From Victorian wet nurses to 90s sperm banks, Mark Ravenhill's play examines the role of parenting in an age of diverse sexuality's, biological engineering and Tinky Winky's handbag.


Author: Mark Ravenhill
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Archive listings for Handbag or The Importance of Being Someone

Work type: Play.


Company Fictive Theatre.
8 Jul 14 to 13 Jul 14Courtyard Theatre, Inner London :: V184
listing details L1198255036


Company Glottal Stop Theatre Company.
15 Jul 04mac birmingham - Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham :: V146
listing details L0472094561


Company BSSD Theatre Company. Director Joss Bennathan.
19 Feb 03 to 22 Feb 03Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L898869878


Director Peter Farago. Design Agnes Treplin. Company Third Year Students.
18 Jul 00 to 22 Jul 00Drama Centre London, Inner London :: V12312112
listing details L01301990931


Company Actors Touring Company. Director Nick Philippou. Design Gideon Davey. Lighting Simon Mills. Performer Jordan Murphy. Performer Ken Christiansen. Performer David Fielder. Performer Faith Flint. Performer Celia Robertson.
16 Sep 99 to 19 Sep 99Watermans Arts Centre, Outer London :: V339
listing details L104689250
7 Sep 99 to 11 Sep 99Home Theatre, Manchester :: V1858052535
listing details L1798482452


Company Actors Touring Company.
2 Dec 98 to 5 Dec 98Unity Theatre, Liverpool :: V539
listing details L1603263445
1 Dec 98Arts Centre, Rotherham :: V960
listing details L0570526961
26 Nov 98 to 28 Nov 98Sherman Theatre, Cardiff :: V824
listing details L01624969197
24 Nov 98 to 25 Nov 98Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton :: V918
listing details L0865693451
12 Nov 98 to 14 Nov 98Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
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10 Nov 98 to 11 Nov 98Stahl Theatre, Oundle :: V452
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6 Nov 98 to 7 Nov 98Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton :: V653
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5 Nov 98Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells :: V691
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2 Nov 98 to 4 Nov 98Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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29 Oct 98 to 31 Oct 98Rose Theatre, Kidderminster :: V108
listing details L1459837090
27 Oct 98 to 28 Oct 98Anglia Ruskin Drama Studio, Cambridge :: V20
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22 Oct 98 to 24 Oct 98MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling :: V642
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20 Oct 98 to 21 Oct 98Nuffield Theatre (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts), Lancaster :: V522
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17 Oct 98University of Bedfordshire Theatre (formerly the Bowen West Theatre), Bedford :: V16
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15 Oct 98 to 16 Oct 98Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford :: V446
listing details L1050754619
13 Oct 98 to 14 Oct 98Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
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9 Sep 98 to 10 Oct 98Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Outer London :: V315
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Director Nick Philippou. Company Actors Touring Company.
12 Nov 98 to 14 Nov 98Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L0199803448

Other listings

26 Nov 98 to 28 Nov 98Sherman Theatre, Cardiff :: V824
listing details L01732648976

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