Emilia "I will never be at peace as long as I have no voice"

Emilia

St Paul's Church (Circomedia)

Key Information
  • Dates Fri 17 Feb 2023 - Sat 25 Feb 2023
  • Location St Paul's Church (Circomedia)
  • Ticket prices

    £10 Concession
    £12 General
    £16 Pay It Foward

Book tickets now

"I am 76 years old and I hold in me a muscle memory of every woman who came before me and I will send more for those that will come after."

Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Directed by Sally Cookson
Assistant Directors Lydia Cook & Natalie Simone
Set Designer Alice Sales
Costume Designer Rhiannon Binnington
Composer John O’Hara
Movement Director Laila Diallo

It’s 1611 and, at the age of 42, Emilia Bassano becomes the first woman to have her poetry published in England. For centuries, history has overlooked this achievement in favour of her male contemporaries. Until 400 years later, that is.

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s triple Olivier Award-winning comedy storms into Bristol next February. A concoction of historical inspiration and imagination, this period romp charts our heroine’s journey from young courtier to a radical writer, well-versed in pushing the boundaries of a stiff society.

With direction from the highly acclaimed Sally Cookson (A Monster Calls, The Old Vic; Peter Pan, National Theatre), this galvanising and riotous production vividly transforms Emilia’s life from page to stage, whilst giving voice to generations of silenced and exploited communities.

Suitable for ages 11+

Cast

Emilia 1 Gaia Ashwood
Lady Katherine / Desdemona (Othello) Kate Cartwright
William Shakespeare / Lady Cordelia / Man 1 Sophie Carlton
Lady Margaret Clifford / Midwife / Judith Zoe Doughty
Emilia 3 Sumāh Ebelé
Lord Henry Carey / Eve Holly Hawgood
Susan Bertie (Countess of Kent) / Mary / Bob Ellie Jack
Lord Alphonso Lanier / Man 2 Petra Joan-Athene
Emilia 2 Assa Kanouté
Mary Sidney / Hester Anna Murphy
Lady Helena / Lord Howard / Emilia / (Othello) / Flora Lucy Pascoe
Lord Collins / Lady Anne Clifford / Dave Melina Sinadinou

Creative and Technical

Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Directed by Sally Cookson
Assistant Directors Lydia Cook & Natalie Simone
Set Designer Alice Sales
Costume Designer Rhiannon Binnington
Composer John O’Hara
Movement Director Laila Diallo
Voice & Dialect Coach Carol Fairlamb*
Assistant Voice & Dialect Coach Kate Meekison and Lacey Chu
Production Manager Steve O’Brien*
Assistant Production Manager Maisy Harbert
Stage Manager Abigail Davies
DSM Elspeth Goodman
ASM Alice Truman Boal
ASM Izzy Keating
LX Designer Adrianne Broadgate
Assistant LX Designer Joe Stathers*
Production LX Willow Digweed
LX op Jacob Clear
Sound Op Jocelyn Chen
Sound 1 (RF mixer) Jocelyn Chen
Sound 2 (RF tech) Alice Truman Boal
Prop Making Supervisor Tom Gould
Prop Makers Emily South
Construction Manager Jude Fullwood with support from Lewis Bamford
Construction Assistants Ziva Bucer, Jocelyn Chen, Jacob Clear, Tommy Karolyi, Muir McFadden, Lisa Viel-Vigneron
Costume Supervisor Shanice Dacres
Costume Makers Arthur Wyatt, Charly Riddett, Jo Kenney, Kim White

Training at BOVTS set me up with the skillset, confidence and connections for the career I now have as a freelance theatre designer. Max Johns, MA Performance Design Alumni