AFTER MISS JULIE & BARNSTABLE
One of the most profound shocks to the structure of English society in the 20th century was the Labour General Election victory of 1945. Suddenly, the long-established certainties of the class system were being challenged. The reverberations have continued to haunt us for the following sixty years.
These two plays present us with as upstairs-downstairs take on this erosion of the strata of class deference.
After Miss Julie is based on an earlier play by Swedish misanthrope, August Strindberg. It is a torrid and sexually frank exploration of a doomed interaction between masters and servants.
Barnstable is an absurd parody of life among the home counties bourgeoisie in the same period. It has more than a whiff of the Pythonesque about its shenanigans.
Both plays end badly for all concerned.
CAST: AFTER MISS JULIE
Christine - Rachel Critchley
John - Leo Carlile
Miss Julie - Freyja Cox-Jensen
Helen - Sarah Worsley
Charles - Sheamus Bourke
Reverend Wandsworth Teeter - Jack Greenhalf
Daphne - Lara Cavill
Sandra – Holly Miller
Directed by Daryl Brown