Written by Kate Hennig
Starring Bahia Watson as Bess, Yanna McIntosh as Eleanor, Nigel Bennet as Ted, Brad Hodder as Thom, Andre Morin as Parry, Laura Condlin as Ashley, Sara Farb as Mary
Part Two in a trilogy about the Tudors,this is history from a very different perspective. This play gives us Bess as a young teenager, young enough that no one expects her to do much or to have any power. They don’t expect it, so she can get away with many things. She is questioned but not believed. And she is a master of equivocation!
The choice of a modern seting and costumes adds greatly to the power of the play. As torture goes on in the background, the hooded victims must remind us of Abu Grhaib and the fact that such things still happen today.
Fantastic cast as usual. Bahia Watson had just the right balance between innocent girl and scheming young woman. Sara Farb’s cynicism and annoyed patience hit just the right notes. And Nigel Bennet and Yanna McIntosh question and disbelieve.
And I have to admit my shallowness – I want Yanna’s arms and biceps!