• Elwyn Edlington, Liz Bradley, Dylan Muir and Morgan Makas

    Elwyn Edlington, Liz Bradley, Dylan Muir and Morgan Makas

  • Daniel and Esmarie Fulton

    Daniel and Esmarie Fulton

  • Cast members, Liz Bradley and Amy Dunham

    Cast members, Liz Bradley and Amy Dunham

  • Cast members Emma Wood and Karen Vickery

    Cast members Emma Wood and Karen Vickery

  • Stephen Pike

    Stephen Pike

  • Brenda Evans and her son Dave Evans

    Brenda Evans and her son Dave Evans

  • Laura Howieson, Amy Woods, Vanessa Dejager and Nikki Fitzgerald

    Laura Howieson, Amy Woods, Vanessa Dejager and Nikki Fitzgerald

  • Ann Somes, Jenny Wookey and Emma Tattam

    Ann Somes, Jenny Wookey and Emma Tattam

  • Irene Roberts-Pavlekovic, Nikki Haines and Jenny Kingma

    Irene Roberts-Pavlekovic, Nikki Haines and Jenny Kingma

  • David and Nona Bennett

    David and Nona Bennett

  • Mat McRae and Steph Roberts

    Mat McRae and Steph Roberts

  • Rosemary and Charles Willoughby, Meredith and Peter Crowley and Malcolm Farrow

    Rosemary and Charles Willoughby, Meredith and Peter Crowley and Malcolm Farrow

  • Geoff and Sarah Gray

    Geoff and Sarah Gray

  • Hilary Wardhaugh and Jonathan Pearson

    Hilary Wardhaugh and Jonathan Pearson

  • Cast member Jenna Roberts and Director Jordan Best

    Cast member Jenna Roberts and Director Jordan Best

Playhouse Creatures @ the Q Theatre

31 March 2016

An opening night at the Q Theatre in Queanbeyan with Pigeonhole Theatre’s premiere production of April De Angelis’ Playhouse Creatures augurs well for a little company of talented ladies who certainly can’t be pigeon holed. And we look forward to many productions that stretch and test their talents.

When the talent is known and admired for an extensive range of productions to see them come together as an ensemble of excellence in a play set in an unimaginable 1669, with all the street wisdom of bawdy belles conniving to survive and thrive on the stage among the thespians who hold the purse strings is to see feminist ideals prosper in the backstage of the previously male only domain.

Jordan Best is the director and cellist. She sits in her quiet light at the edge of the performance and watches and listens as well as playing quite beautifully. There’s something about the gutsy sound of the cello that suits this play with its depths and drama and Best, whose playing after a 16 year hiatus is a haunting thread woven into the original music composed by Matthew Webster, demonstrates again what a talent she is. As is Webster, his music is exceptional.

The actors are so good, each bringing their characterization to a high standard and all maintaining their accents throughout. Liz Bradley is the centrifugal force of wit and wisdom as the cockney Doll Common and Amy Dunham is Nell Gwynn who cons her way into the theatre company after meeting Jenna Robert’s as Elizabeth Farley. The tableaux, the posing and posturing that is intrinsic to this kind of theatre and the early roles of women is wonderful as Karen Vickery as Mrs Betterton and Emma Wood as Mrs Marshall work it to the nth degree. Mrs Betterton’s Hands of the Clock acting is hilarious as is the quick pee by Amy Dunham stage right.

There is humour and heartbreak. Bawdiness and brilliance as this little company finds a way to bankroll their efforts. Pigeonhole Theatre has set a high benchmark but they’re up to the task. Go girls!