2017: Summer - The Female of the Species
Photographs by Stuart Wineberg

The Female of the Species
By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Karol Cooper

Synopsis:
Thirty years ago Margot Mason, pioneer of the 1970's Women's Liberation movement and fearless academic, wrote her groundbreaking work, The Cerebral Vagina. Numerous best-sellers and international adulation followed, but now she has writer's block. As she sits in her country house struggling with a deadline, in walks Molly Rivers, student, idealist and daughter of one of Margot's most dedicated followers. Initially flattered, Margot is less pleased when Molly handcuffs her to the desk and pulls a gun...
Joanna Murray-Smith's deliciously wicked comedy deftly walks the tightrope between satire and farce, proving the female of the species is not only deadlier, but funnier than the male.

Programme Notes
Margot Mason, pioneer of the 1970's Women's Liberation movement and fearless academic, wrote her ground-breaking work, The Cerebral Vagina. Numerous best-sellers and international adulation followed, but now she has writer’s block. As she sits in her country house struggling with a deadline, in walks Molly Rivers, student, idealist and daughter of one of Margot’s most dedicated followers. initially flattered, Margot is less pleased with what follows Joanna Murray-Smith's deliciously wicked comedy deftly walks the tightrope between satire and farce, proving the female of the species is not only deadlier, but funnier than the male.

Cast
Margot Mason ... Jan Bradshaw
Molly Rivers ... Lisa Dunbar
Tess Thornton ... Gillian Wilkins
Bryan Thornton ...Wayne Bradshaw
Frank ... Kevin Bowers
Theo Reynolds ... Mike Morris

Backstage Crew
Production Assistant ... Jenni Prior
Stage Manager ... Roger Hester
ASM and Artwork ... Liz Strevens
Properties ... Sheila Hardiman, Liz Finbow
Lighting/Sound ... Lionel Elliott

Front of House Crew
Front of House Managers ... Cari Laythorpe, Sian Hayden
Catering ... Sian Hayden, Sheila Hardiman, Karol Cooper
Bar Manager ... Marilyn Dunbar
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