The Virgin Trial

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!


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Virgin Trial

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Innocent virgin? I don’t think Kate Hennig thinks so!
    The modern dress, fast pace, simple, effective staging and excellent cast all served the writer well – but the writer’s crackling dialogue provided the core of the play and made Bess’ quandary and ploys come alive.
    A great role for Bahia Watson, but lots of meat for the rest of the cast – and Sara Farb again got to wear the best costume!
    It’s hard to wait for the next play in the series.
    In the meantime, I look forward to Hennig’s Wilde Tales at Shaw.

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