by Julia Stubbs Hughes, based on the novel by Edith Wharton
Eighteen-year-old Charity Royall lives in the remote village of North Dormer with her guardian and father-figure Lawyer Royall.
Then one summer, Lucius Harney, a young architect with his knowledge and experience of progressive New York, comes into their lives.
“The character of Charity is beautifully drawn, strong but also vulnerable, frustrated by the expectations placed on her sex by society… One would anticipate the relationships between these three characters, specifically chosen by the writer to carry the plot of an entire novel, to be intense and flagrant, but somehow each one remains emotionally and physically independent from the others to a considerable extent… Music and sound effects composed and arranged by Millie Cook are engrossing; string arrangements lend a sense of gravity and foreboding from the earliest scenes… Alesya Bolotina’s set design is simple yet effective, with only two tatty chairs and a bench to evoke the New England setting. It’s the lighting design, by Katherine Lowry, that really lifts the space, teasing out the hidden colours of Bolotina’s set, and conveying a sense that there’s more going on here than meets the eye. The small studio space has been reconfigured, and this new set-up allows director Timothy Stubbs Hughes to create a real sense of flow and pace.” EXEUNT
“The performances are good, with Joanne Gale capturing the headstrong girl with all the sarcasm and moodiness that you’d expect from a teenager without seeming incongruent to the time. Francis Adams is perfectly cast as the patriarchal Royall, creating a good man whose morals you can begin to mistrust as the story unfolds. In the second half, there is a lovely moment as he addresses the audience (as the townspeople) and you get a real sense of his guilt and fear underneath his speech. Mundell, in a subtle performance, builds a steamy chemistry with Gale and the two express a very convincing love for each other.” One Stop Arts
“Joanne Gale portrays spunky Charity with fervour, she is quick-witted and at times a little brusk as teenagers can be. There’s a lovely chemistry between her and Jeffrey Mundell who plays Lucius, the blossoming relationship is played out subtly.” BroadwayBaby.com
Francis Adams | Joanne Gale | Jeffrey Mundell.
Director: Timothy Stubbs Hughes | Designer: Alesya Bolotina | Lighting: Katherine Lowry | Sound/Music: Millie Cook | Photographer: Timothy Stubbs Hughes.
Produced by 20 South Street.
8-26 May 2012 at the Jack Studio Theatre, London *World Premiere