One Night Only

The Confederacy

BY JOHN VANBRUGH.
DIRECTED BY HERMIONE GULLIFORD.
See It Safely
30 January 2022
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Overview

“Single we found we nothing could obtain”

Clarissa and Araminta are both married to malicious, payday loansharks who have replaced their love for their own wives with an obsession for each other’s. Both women have maxed out the credit they’ve been forced to survive on to keep them in shopping and gambling – and their local pawnbroker’s patience is wearing thin. How will they continue, and how will they break this cycle of distrust and drudgery? Only by joining forces… The Confederacy is Vanbrugh’s take on marriage (and how to live with it). Vanbrugh’s successes with The Relapse and The Provok’d Wife had already established him as a great talent, where female characters carried the plot; but in 1705’s The Confederacy, he empowers them to bring about change.

 Hermione Gulliford directs this rehearsed reading of Vanbrugh’s wickedly funny comedy, featuring an all-star cast including Linda Bassett, Nicholas Le Prevost, Lorna Brown, Ian Gelder and Finty Williams. Discover one of the laugh-out-loud treats of Restoration theatre.


People

Linda Bassett
Mrs Amlet
Linda’s considerable theatre credits include leading roles at the RNT, Royal Court and the Donmar. Her numerous TV and film credits include Stephen Daldry’s, The Reader, Lark Rise to Candleford and Nurse Phyllis Crane in Call the Midwife.
Ian Gelder
Moneytrap
Ian has worked extensively in all the country’s major theatre companies including the RSC, the RNT and Globe as well as performing numerous roles in TV and film, most recently Games of Thrones & Dr Who.
Robert Hands
Brass
Robert is an Olivier nominated actor who has appeared in numerous plays and musicals in the West End and all over the world as well as countless TV and films, most recently Masters of the Air and Noughts & Crosses.
Nicholas Le Prevost
Gripe
Nick’s extensive theatre credits include leading roles at the RNT, RSC and throughout the West End, as well as being a founder member of The Wrestling School, dedicated to the works of Howard Barker. Of his many TV and film credits, he most enjoyed Peter Tilbury’s, It Takes a Worried Man and The Jewel in the Crown for Granada.
Jules Melvin
Mrs Cloggitt, Clip & Jessamin
Jules started work at 12 years old in All Creatures Great & Small. A Founder & Director of Triptych Theatre Company with Jonathan Church & Terrence Beesley. She has worked with the RNT, RSC, Shakespeare's Globe & Howard Barkers Wrestling School.
Issy van Randwyck
Flippanta
Triple Olivier Award nominee Issy van Randwyck returns to JST following last years Offie Award nominated show Dazzling Divas in The Footprints Festival. She appeared in films Blithe Spirit and The Danish Girl and has created an online comedy series @spoofiequette.
Finty Williams
Clarissa
Finty has performed numerous stage roles at the Globe, the RNT and in the West End. She has also appeared in several films including Gosford Park and Ladies in Lavender. She’s just completed her 149 audiobook narration.



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