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article imageA play set in a women's toilet is a surprise success

By Tim Sandle     Sep 16, 2012 in Odd News
A play called 'Sailing On', held in a women's toilet in the Theater Royal, Nottingham (UK), has been a surprise hit, drawing in a naturally small, but regular, audience.
A play by a small production company has proved to be a success in drawing theater-goers into a toilet in a theater in Nottingham in England. According to This is Nottingham, the play forms part of a series of arts events under the banner of the World Event Young Artists (WEYA), which are taking place across the historic English city.
The BBC notes that, in the play 'Sailing On', two characters drawn from more notable works: Shakespeare's Ophelia and Virginia Woolf, interact with the small audience while trying to help another character called Romola (drawn from a George Elliot novel).
The premise for the 50-minute long play is:
"There must be something in the water… Virginia Woolf was missing for days before she was found drowned. We wondered where she was for all that time...but figured she was probably just in the ladies’ (with Ophelia of all people). Whilst occupying this time and space, somewhere between the ‘missing’ and the ‘drowned’, the two half-drowned literary heroines become obsessed with passing patron and regular girl, Romola. It appears that certain tragic incidents in Romola’s past are achingly familiar for the two women. Romola cannot face it, but can they coax her submerged memories from her?"
The play has been produced by the Shady Jane Theatre Company, who won the Total Theater Award in 2011. The company describe themselves as:
"ShadyJane is an award winning, all female performance collective walking between story and experience, to present original and exciting theatre. We experiment with different combinations of ensemble and solo work, aligning our own experiences with the stories of women from history, literature and the phone book."
The actors are Charlotte Cassey, Deborah Lampard and Victoria Holloway.
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