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The Passion of Boudicca: Casual Reading

ENG151196034  01Join us November 12 at 11am for a casual reading of The Passion of Boudicca, an Elizabethan-style tragedy.

DATE: Saturday, November 12
TIME: 11:00am to 1:00pm, with a discussion afterward

We’re looking to get feedback on how to improve the script, both as an exercise in Elizabethan drama and with a specific eye for production.

Queen Boudicca wished to maintain rule over the Iceni (who lived roughly in the Suffolk region) after the death of her husband, King Prasutagus. The Romans felt they were now the rightful owners of the region, and supported this argument by sacking her town, scourging her, and sexually assaulting her daughters. Boudicca countered this point by gathering the local tribes and completely kicking the nine shits out of the Roman army for several years. Taking its inspiration chiefly from Antony & Cleopatra and As You Like It (with a tiny sprinkling of King Lear and Henry VI), The Passion of Boudicca pits Pride against Love, Law against Integrity, and Nature against Individuality.

PLEASE BE FOREWARNED: This play deals (among other things) with sexual assault. It is not depicted onstage, but it does happen during the course of the play, and it is discussed frequently.

CHARACTERS (In speaking order)

Catus, a Roman lord (Read by JD Whigham)

Maeve, the Queen’s daughter (Read by Katy Jenkins)

Cassio Dion, a Roman captain (Read by Nathan Ducker)

Brigid, the Queen’s daughter (Read by Sarah Jean Tilford)

Tacit, a Roman captain (Read by Charlie Baker)

Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni Britons, sometimes called the Queen or Lady of Suffolk (Read by Jessica Goforth)

Scyllia, A Braggart, who tromps about the Leafy Wood (Read by Kaelea Rovinsky)

Paulinus, a Roman Governor (Read by Christopher Elst)

A Clown, called Modred, who lives in the Leafy Wood (TBA)

Helio, a Briton shepherd who lives in the Leafy Wood (Read by Kamron Palmer)

Ester, a Briton shepherd who lives in the Leafy Wood (Read by Gilly Guire)

Beatrice, a Foundling who fights in the Briton army (TBA)

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