CORONAVIRUS: currently, all theatres and related venues are closed. Shows are either being cancelled, postponed or rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with all the changes. There are currently few changes after May 2020 and many shows that were due for April have been pushed back towards the end of Autumn. Pantomimes are looking like a safe bet at the moment ;-)
Following the spectacular success of last yearâs production of Mrs Inchbaldâs sparkling comedy Wives as they Were, and Maids as they Are, her only tragedy is now given its premiÃ¨re European professional production, more than two hundred years after it was written. The play is inspired by the horrific events of the French Revolution and is a tragic exploration of war and of questions of justice, mercy or retribution in its aftermath. Felt to be too controversial to be staged in her own time, even its author accepted that - "from the time that I first undertook the foregoing scenes, I never flattered myself that they would be proper to appear on the stage. The subject is so horrid, that I thought it would shock, rather than give satisfaction, to an audience. Still, I found it so truly tragic in the essential springs of terror and pity, that I could not resist the impulse of adapting it to the stage." The play retains its power to this day and the tale of the family Tricastin and their tragic demise is as provocative and disturbing as it was when it was first suppressed - by its own author. Performers Madhav Sharma (The Father), Abdi Gouhad (The Judge), Eamonn O'Dwyer), Russell Simpson (The Mob Leader), Maya Sondhi (The Wife), Emma Connell (The Confidante), Harriet Garbas (A Domestic), Ali Al-Nakeeb (First Follower), Greg Robinson (Second Follower), Tory Charles (The Mob), Laura Kidd (The Mob). AuthorElizabeth Inchbald.ProducerTheatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.ProducerSharron Stowe.DirectorColin Blumenau.DesignChiara Stephenson.LightingPrema Mehta.OtherHelga Brandt (dramaturg).MusicEamonn O'Dwyer (music arrangement).