Sewell Barn Theatre, Constitution Hill, Norwich NR3 4BB Box office: 01603 626414 Sewell Barn Trust: Registered Charity No 277724
The Sewell Barn Company
The Female of the Species
by Joanna Murray-
Director: Mel Sessions
Contact: 01493 369206 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mob. 07901751768 (very poor signal at home, so landline preferred)
Performances dates: 13 -
The Female of the Species is a satirical comedy. It is full of larger than life characters, bad language, bad behaviour, high drama and some farcical situations.
The story is set in the study of a country home belonging to Margot Mason, an accomplished writer but one who after many successes has lost her inspiration. Thirty years previously she wrote her groundbreaking work The Cerebral Vagina. She is a fearless academic and pioneer of the 1970’s Women’s Liberation movement. She has alienated not only members of her family but also some of her students. One of them arrives unexpectedly to take her revenge.
The play was first produced in Melbourne in 2006 and in 2008 in London as a revised version starring Eileen Atkins as Margot and Anna Maxwell Martin as the student.
The play was inspired by an incident involving Germaine Greer but the characters and storyline are fictional
Ages given are approximate playing ages. The descriptions are the playwright’s!
Margot Mason sixty-
Molly Rivers early 20s, bright
Tess Thornton late 30s, lost
Bryan Thornton late 30s, boyish, handsome but thick
Frank early 30s, handsome, masculine
Theo Reynolds 60s, dapper, handsome
Sunday 15 September from 2-
Initially some reading of sections of the script, followed by pair or group work on the text. Please contact the director if you are interested but unable to make the above date.
Rehearsals will begin in early December. There are likely to be three rehearsals a week initially, probably Mondays Tuesdays and Fridays or Sundays. Longer Sunday rehearsals may be called from time to time. As Margot is unable to escape from the room for most of the play, she will be required at all rehearsals.
Script : Nick Hern Books ISBN 978-