Sunday 29th July 2007
And Monday 30th July 2007
This production has now
Hunter Productions presents...
by Aphra Behn
The Rogues stark mad for a
A decadent Spanish Carnival is set to arrive this year at
the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; complete with a barrage of
rampant 17th century Cavaliers in tow, intent on indulging
their most debauched desires. Spains most infamous courtesan
is in town to set up shop and invites from gentlemen callers
of all classes are welcome - so long as the price is right.
Meanwhile all the young girls are ready to throw off their
virtue and put on their masquerade.
Aphra Behns masterpiece first appeared on the English stage
in 1677 and delighted its audience with a mixture of rakish
rogues and wanton whores. Yet, as one of the first
professional female authors, Behns message about female
oppression, violence and sexuality make The Rover strikingly
contemporary to a modern audience.
Hunter Productions is a young London based company,
specialising mainly in the darker plays of the Restoration.
Last year saw the company perform two plays in rep: Joe
Penhalls modern family tragedy The Bullet A riveting play,
tightly directed and moving with pace (One4Review) alongside
Stephen Jeffreys The Libertine; the story of the debauched
and short lived life of The Earl of Rochester. The Libertine
proved a huge success with reviews consistently sensational:
A delightfully devious production (Three Weeks). Rochester
was played by Tom Hunter who was described as having treated
[his] audience to a masterclass in acting (Three Weeks).
This year Hunter is set to play Willmore and Aphra Behn more
than alludes to the similarities between the character and
her good friend Rochester. Natasha Dawn who played
Rochesters lover Elizabeth Barry in The Libertine, and also
directed the show 'Dawn's production ... boldly tackles
every taboo head on (Edinburgh Guide) is now set to play
Angelica Bianca the courtesan, Willmores mistress in The
Rover, a play that Barry herself appeared in at the first
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