This stark, hard hitting drama is an account of six women convicted of petty crimes in 1807 and sentenced to a life of hard labour in Britain’s overseas penal colony, Australia, based on true accounts from slave ships of the time.
During the six month voyage they are kept in a cramped cell below deck where they learn certain truths about society at the hands of their brutal jailer, while bonding with each other and some finding solace with other more sympathetic members of the crew. But can anyone’s intentions be trusted in such a tempestuous and class-obsessed system, barely different from the 19th century London they left behind…?
“A funny play, carried by racy vigour” Evening Standard
Under the direction of professional director and regular Engage practitioner Lee Lyford, the company of amateur adult performers have brought this classic play up-to-date with original songs and live music.
FEMALE TRANSPORT is at the Ustinov Studio from Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th July, evenings at 8pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are on sale now from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov
As well as performance opportunities with a professional creative team, the ENGAGE programme offers a wide range of masterclasses, skills courses, summer schools and workshops for adults. Events taking place throughout 2015 include Singing and Theatre Production courses in August; Contemporary Theatre and Stage Combat masterclasses, and weekly sessions on Improvisation and Beginners’ Acting. For full details, visit www.theatreroayl.org.uk/Engage
The ENGAGE programme at the Theatre Royal Bath is generously supported by the trustees of the Estate of Margot Boyd.