“Why, you gave yourself to me like a flower, to do anything I liked with. You were the prettiest of playthings.”
It's 1927. In Lady Hunstaton’s decadent country estate party is in full swing. There is jazz, gold and pearls, but amidst the jovial charleston and frivolous chat there is an uneasy air of superiority. Mrs Arbuthnot, a pious single mother, and Hester Worsley, a distant visitor, are sneered at for their sex and background. There are those, through blackmail or insult, who would like to keep them firmly at the bottom. But, this is a story of triumph over these people who underestimate and disrespect them.
With this sparkling comedy, full of Wilde’s damning satire, set just a year before the suffragette’s victory and as British migration increases, we hope to ask if our treatment of others has changed.
Founded in 2017, we are a non-profit, student-run organisation representing some of the best theatrical, creative and technical talent the University of Cambridge has to offer. For the month of September we tour across the UK and East Asia performing and providing workshops in venues, schools and universities. It is our aim to open up cultural dialogues through lively performances and interactive workshops. We have the support of Oscar winning Emma Thompson (an ex Cambridge Footlight) as our patron and participants will be working with some of the most prestigious institutions in each of the countries.
It is a fantastic opportunity to put together a production that will be staged internationally, while exploring some incredible places on a highly subsidised tour. It's an unmissable project if you're interested in theatre beyond Cambridge, education or culture/cultural diplomacy.