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Masterpieces archiveSarah Daniels' play about pornography was premiered at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre in 1983, and seen at London's Royal Court Theatre in 1983. Masterpieces opens on three couples - Rowena and Trevor, their friends Hilary and Ron, and Rowena's mother Jennifer and stepfather Clive - having dinner in a restaurant. They exchange sexist jokes to a variety of responses: some laugh uproariously, some uncomfortably, and one is deeply unhappy. Masterpieces is the story of Rowena, and her journey from seeing a pornographic magazine for the first time, to a thwarted attempt to help an unhappy prostitute, from uncomfortable laughter, to radical and disgusted protest at female subjugation. A passionate indictment of pornography, the objectification of women and those who condone violence against them.

Author Sarah Daniels.

Archive listings for Masterpieces

Work type: Play.


The first professional London production in 35 yearsCompany Papercut Theatre. Presented byJoe Prentice (in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre). Director Melissa Dunne. Design Verity Quinn. Lighting Jack Coleman. Costume Leah Mulhern. Sound Domenico Menghini. Sound Josh Robins. Performer Nicholas Cass-Beggs (Clive/Prologue/Policeman/Teacher/Man in Tube Station/Judge). Performer Olivia Darnley (Rowena). Performer Sophie Doherty (Jennifer/Policewoman/Judge/Irene Wade). Performer Edward Killingback (Trevor/Psychiatrist). Performer Tessie Orange-Turner (Yvonne/Hilary). Performer Rob Ostlere (Ron/Man in Street/Man in Tube Station/Prosecutor).
24 Apr 18 to 19 May 18Finborough, Inner London :: V199
listing details L01923316836


Presented byWarwick University Drama Society.
27 May 15 to 30 May 15Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L0134986655


Company Purple Productions.
26 May 04 to 27 May 04Central Studio, Basingstoke :: V1653972821
listing details L1180545206


Company Vine Productions (2nd year Higher National Diploma in Theatre Studies).
29 May 02 to 1 Jun 02Cryer Arts (formerly Charles Cryer Studio Theatre), Outer London :: V293
listing details L1139341062


This frank examination of pornography and male violence against women culminating in an account of a 'snuff movie' will be discussed by Sarah Daniels herself; rehearsed extracts will then be performed.
18 Oct 99Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre), West End :: V375
listing details L907129261

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