'Full on and heartfelt'
The June 2013 production of 'Elias Ashmole versus the Widow was a staged reading. That is, the actors although rehearsed, were referring to scripts. It also meant that staging, props and costumes were minimal.
After all that rehearsing, though, you did get the text full on and heartfelt. Everyone in the audience should have felt challenged by the questions of Elias' entitlement, and Hester's competence.
More than that, I hoped the real emotions of the story, not only from the two principals, but also the others, were transmitted.
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The performance lasted approximately 70 minutes.
Artist Dorothy Smyth has designed the posters and flyers. In preparation she looked at images of the play's main characters in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. On this page is her Elias Ashmole.
This production benefited from the advice of a number of theatre professionals: actors Lucy Walters and Steve Hay, and from Hugh Allison, consultant director. For reading of an early draft and offering an informed critical response, thanks to Ade Morris of the Watermill Theatre, Newbury
Production June 2013