Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue

June, 1669: Nineteen-year old Nell is celebrated for her comic acting, particularly when she gets to dress as a boy to show off her legs. However, Charles Hart, her manager and former lover, keeps casting her in tragic roles to embarrass her in front of her new amour, King Charles II. 

Nell fears that if she cannot be her sexy, lively self on-stage, the King will fall out of love with her off it. So, aided by the audience in the Pit, she concocts a plan to win Hart round and consolidate her roles as comedienne and courtesan. 

This is no traditional monologue - it is stand-up comedy 17th Century style: bawdy and energetic, with an occasional social bite.

“Lucy Formby [plays] saucy Nell with humour and relish… short and fun-packed, much like Nell herself.” Robert Peacock for Remote Goat

Orange Girl Productions is a new fringe theatre company based in Edinburgh, Scotland, whose principal aim is to present new writing (both original scripts and adaptations) on a professional but affordable scale - for both the company and its audiences. 

Written by Laura Ingram, who first encountered Nell’s story when she worked backstage at Drury Lane in the late 1990s, the company’s inaugural play stars 22-year old actress, Lucy Formby, who trained at the Actors' Temple, and is directed by experienced Edinburgh director, Andy Corelli.

Following successful workshops in Edinburgh in 2014 (in collaboration with Black Dingo Productions and Tightlaced Theatre), and at the Pleasance Stagespace in London in January this year, Orange Girl Productions is now thrilled to be presenting “Nell” this August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This new production is being sponsored by Edinburgh film-making company, Strange Company Ltd, and generously supported by Arts and Business Scotland through their New Arts Sponsorship Award.

Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue will be at Sweet Grassmarket (Venue 18) from 6th – 30th August at 16:55 (50mins) with tickets priced at £9 / £8 Conc.

Recommended for ages 16 and over due to some bawdy language.

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