Rehearsal Room Number 26

13 & 14 November, 2015
Traverse, Edinburgh

Join Stellar Quines Theatre Company and Molly Innes, Pauline Lockhart and Lynda Radley for our 26th Rehearsal Room, a space where writers and directors present scripts to a live audience, inviting feedback and discussion.

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November 2015

Thérèse and Pierrette at Holy Angels
An adaptation by Serge Denoncourt based on the novel by Michel Tremblay
Translated into Scots and directed by Molly Innes.
Friday 13 November

Set in a convent school in the 1940s, Thérèse and Pierrette at Holy Angels is a play about laughter, friendship and the way women oppress other women.

With humour, truthfulness and tragedy it conveys what life is like for the families who reside in Rue Fabre in the poorest quarter of Quebec. Faced with poverty, the authority of the nuns and a stalker on the loose, three girls – Thérèse, Pierrette and Simone – remind us what it feels like to be eleven: the utter hilarity, the petty but intense jealousies and a creeping understanding of sex. The backdrop of the school looms over proceedings creating a story about class war in every sense.

This vibrant Scots/English translation by Traverse Fifty writer Molly Innes, recalls such classics as The Guid Sisters, Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer and The House Among The Stars.

Cast: Kim Allan, Jennifer Black, Maureen Carr, Rebecca Elise, Jenny Hulse, Alexandra Mathie, Kirsty McLaren Lorraine McIntosh, John Scougall and Dawn Sievewright.

Painting a Story
Written and directed by Pauline Lockhart
Friday 13 November

Suzanne Valadon was an inspirational painter who began as an artist’s model in Paris during an extraordinary period in art. She was close to Renoir, Toulouse Lautrec and Degas and appears in some of their most famous paintings. Later she became a successful painter in her own right and was the first woman to show at the Societe National des Beaux Arts.

Pauline Lockhart took part in Stellar Quines’ project Untaught to Shine at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014. Pauline took on the role of painter Dora Carrington and as she painted a portrait of Lytton Strachey (Dora’s love), she talked about Dora’s life.

Pauline wanted to develop the idea of similarities between painting and theatre and the process of creating both. In this Rehearsal Room, she will explore parts of Susanne Valadon’s life following the same process she uses to paint a portrait.

Cast: Pauline Lockhart and Robin Laing

Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls
By Lynda Radley
Directed by Emily Reutlinger
Saturday 14 November

Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls is a play about women from the British Isles who were transported to Australia as convicts in the early 1800’s. In 2012 Lynda Radley travelled to the Female Factory on Tasmania and carried out extensive research, particularly into Scottish convicts whose stories remain largely untold

Some served their time and triumphed, others were crushed by the system and by the loss of their spouses and children. These women experienced an epic sea journey, babies born and children lost, punishment, rehabilitation and new beginnings.

Extracts from Lynda’s first draft of the script will be presented, suggesting where the play might go next and asking for feedback from the audience to help move this work forward. As we mix accents and languages, hear how these Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls sound and how they develop over the course of their epic voyage.

Read more about Rehearsal Room 23, where Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls was presented for the first time.

Cast: Rebecca Elise, Jenny Hulse, Robin Laing, Mary Louise McCarthy, Helen Mallon, Rebecca Rodgers, Anita Vettesse and Mark Wood.
Music by Michael John McCarthy


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