Handbagged | by Moira Buffini

20th – 24th June 2017   |   7.45pm


Margaret Thatcher didn’t believe in society, The Queen had pledged to serve it.  As her Prime Minister The Queen and Margaret Thatcher met weekly, how did they get on, did they clash? This play, first performed at the Tricycle and later in the West End  is a marvellously entertaining depiction of their relationship and their place in world events.   They look back on their time together and relive events.  6 actors – intriguingly  2 Queens and 2 Margarets,  and 2 male actors who play the other 16 roles.  Funny, touching, entertaining and thought provoking.

Cast: Q Jane Smith
Liz Laura Hill
T Debbie Miles
Mags Andrea Dalton
Actor 1 Mark Preston
Actor 2 Kevin Stemp
Directed by Lynne Foster

Directors Note

“I saw this at the Tricycle when it was first produced in 2013 and immediately wanted to direct it.  I found it laugh out loud funny,  and absolutely loved it, but also realised that it would be a great challenge for  CTW.  I would need 2 actors who could portray Margaret Thatcher and 2 who could act as the Queen  at different times of their lives.  Not necessarily looking like them , but able to do the accents, and the subtle differences between the younger and older version of both.  I also needed 2 actors who could handle 16 other (male) roles, they have to  be able to make them all different and  distinct, and all the actors need to have a gift for comedy, for moving well and delivering the dialogue crisply and wringing all of the humour and the pathos , the wit and the underlying tension between the 2 women.

I really enjoy directing comedy, and this is a lovely, subtle, affecting piece.  Its not earth shattering or deep, just a jolly good yarn , looking back on events from the viewpoint of the protagonists.  I know that we have the actors at CTW that can handle this, although they will have to work hard at it I think its going to be a good night out, informative – and Fun!”

Lynne Foster  |  Director


To contact the Director about this play, e-mail Lynne Foster at lynnefoster@btconnect.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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