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Orange Girl Productions Ltd presents
Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue
by Laura Ingram
June, 1669: Nineteen-year old Nell is celebrated for her comic acting, particularly when she gets to dress as a boy to show off her legs. However, Charles Hart, her manager and former lover, keeps casting her in tragic roles to embarrass her in front of her new amour, King Charles II. Nell fears that if she cannot be her sexy, lively self onstage, the King will fall out of love with her off it. So, aided by the audience in the Pit, she concocts a plan to win Hart round and consolidate her roles as comedienne and courtesan. This is no traditional monologue - it is stand-up comedy 17th Century style: bawdy and energetic, with an occasional social bite.
“Lucy Formby [plays] saucy Nell with humour and relish… short and fun-packed, much like Nell herself.” Robert Peacock for Remote Goat
Orange Girl Productions is a professional theatre company based in Edinburgh, Scotland, whose principal aim is to present new writing (both original scripts and adaptations) with a strong focus on fully-rounded female characters.
The company's inaugural production, written by Laura Ingram, who first encountered Nell’s story when she worked backstage at Drury Lane in the late 1990s, goes back to the very roots of the role of women in the theatre.
Following successful workshops in Edinburgh in 2014 (in collaboration with Black Dingo Productions and Tightlaced Theatre), and at the Pleasance Stagespace in London the following January, Orange Girl Productions presenting “Nell” under its original title of "Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue" in August, 2015 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This production was sponsored by Edinburgh film-making company, Strange Company Ltd, and generously supported by Arts and Business Scotland through their New Arts Sponsorship Award.