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Mother Clap's Molly House - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Mother Clap's Molly House

Mark Ravenhill, Matthew Scott

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

14m, 7f

ISBN: 9780573704468

Mark Ravenhill's play "Mother Clap's Molly House" explores the gay subculture of 18th-century London.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Period, Experimental, Romantic Comedy

Time Period - Contemporary, 18th Century

Settings Of Play - London 1726 and London present day

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes, Nudity/Partial Nudity

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

It's London 1726, and Mrs. Tull's got problems. The whores are giving her a hard time, a man in a dress is looking for a job, her husband has a roving eye and the apprentice boy keeps disappearing for 'a wander'. Meanwhile in 2001 a group of wealthy gay men are preparing for a raunchy party. Mother Clap's Molly House, a black comedy with songs is a celebration of the diversity of human sexualtiy, an exploration of our need to form families and a fascinatig insight into a hidden chapter in London's history.
"Ravenhill's writing is tough, eloquent, sardonic, with some of the barbed formality of the Resotration style, which gets brutally peeled off in the present-day scenes. This is not a play you 'enjoy'. This is not a gay play either... The message of this play is not 'Come out', but 'Come in'." John Peter, Sunday Times

"Mark Ravenhill clearly likes to have it both ways. In this wonderfuly exuberant new musical play, he celebrates Sodom like there's no Gomorrah...Delicate souls may be offended but there is no doubting the sincerity of Ravenhill's assault on the tranformation of sex into a dirty business." - Michael Billington, Guardian

"A theatrical manifesto for sexual tolerance that teeters wildly between the politics of Bertolt Brecht and the in-your-face deviancy of a gay nightclub...Ravenhill combines graphic sex with a generosity of spirit." - Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph 

"In this wonderfully exuberant new musical play at the Lyttelton, he celebrates Sodom like there's no Gomorrah. But the satirist in him also attacks the commodification of sex and the resultant loss of love. The result is an evening rich in rudery and ambivalence." - The Guardian

"... there’s something richly moving about witnessing the aesthetic coming-of-age of Shopping and Fucking scribe Ravenhill, whose new play evinces less interest in shock value per se than in showing an unexpected tenderness toward characters who are themselves struggling toward love." - Variety

"This play seems a little gentler and funnier than Ravenhill’s previous work although his trademark buggery scene still makes an appearance. He treats his characters with more affection and, at times, the play is reminiscent of the work of Jonathan Harvey." - British Theatre Guide
Premiere at the Lyttelton Theatre, part of the Royal National Theatre, in September 2001.
Characters

CASTING

14m, 7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Drag performance, Expandable casting, Room for Extras

MRS. TULL
STEPHEN TULL
MARTIN, THEIR APPRENTICE
PRINCESS SERAPHINA

WHORES
AMELIA
AMY
MARY CRANTON
MARY BOLTON

WORKING MEN
KEDGER
PHILIPS
THOMAS ORME, THEIR APPRENTICE
GABRIEL LAWRENCE

DEITIES
GOD
EROS

JOSH
WILL
CHARLIE
TINA
TOM
EDWARD
PHIL

Author(s)
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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