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Handbag - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Handbag

Mark Ravenhill

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573704420

"In Shopping and Fucking, Mark Ravenhill made theatre relevant to the Thatcher generation. Now he's put videos and Net-surfing in Faust. And it's no less stunning" (Guardian)

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Adaptations (Literature)

Time Period - 1990s, Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play - London, in both the 1990s and the 1860s

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

CAUTIONS

Drugs, Intense Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Twenty-eight years before The Importance of Being Earnest, a young woman gives birth to a baby boy. Is it an accident when Nanny places him in a handbag and her unpublished novel into the pram? In 1998 a new baby is stolen and an academic discovers an unpublished novel of more than usual revolting sentimentality. From Victorian wet nurses to 90s sperm banks, Mark Ravenhill's play examines the role of parenting in an age of diverse sexualities, biological engineering and Tinky Winky's handbag.

REVIEWS

"A promising idea awaits dramatic payoff in 'Handbag,' the Mark Ravenhill play that — whatever else its achievements — confirms that the author of 'Shopping and Fucking' is no one-play wonder." - Variety, Read More

"Handbag entertainingly and sometimes jarringly explores the timeless search for love, acceptance and meaning in what’s often an unwelcoming world." - Washington BladeRead More 

"There are few stage authors writing more interestingly than Mark Ravenhill ...He is - it is now yet more evident - a searing, intelligent, disturbing sociologist with a talent for satirical dialogue and a flair for sexual sensationalism." - Financial Times

First performed at the Lyric Hammersmith Studio, London, in 1998 and was commissioned by the Actors Touring Company.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

CASTING NOTES

Five of the roles are double-casted and feature two gay couples.


TOM/CARDEW
LORRAINE/PRISM
SUZANNE/CONSTANCE
MAURETTA/AUGUSTA
DAVID/MONCRIEFF
PHIL
Author
Mark Ravenhill

Mark Ravenhill

Mark is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose first full-length play, Shopping and Fucking, opened at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1996. His plays include Mother Clap's Molly House (National Theatre, 2001); Product (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2005); The Cut (Donmar Warehouse, London, 2006); Citizenship (National Theatre, 2006); pool (no water) (Lyric Hammersmith, 2006); ... view full profile

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