ASHFORD YOUTH THEATRE

TIS' PITY SHE'S A WHORE

TIS' PITY SHE'S A WHORE

May 2010

The very words - 'Tis Pity She's A Whore' - are like a slap in the face, a knee in the groin, a knife in the ribs. They provoke a squirm, a blush. Witness the fact that for the first time in AYT's 27-year history, a local radio station refused to read out the play's title in full on air.
How wonderful that almost 400 years after he wrote it, John Ford's masterpiece fully retains its power to challenge and disturb.
And what is most disturbing? Beauty. The relationship between Giovanni and Annabella is an island of beauty and tenderness within a tormented and toxic sea.
And is this what troubles us most - that we want their love to survive?

D.J.B

CAST:

Friar Bonaventura - Jaimie Thomas
Giovanni - Ben Purkiss
Vasques - Sam Longston
Grimaldi - James Nichol
Florio - Sheamus Bourke
Soranzo - Alex Arnold
Donado - Daryl Brown
Annabella - Grace Holme
Putana - Jenny Geoghegan
Bergetto - Todd Wearn
Poggio - Ross Hardman
Richardetto - Daniel Ward
Philotis - Jasmine Cain
Hippolita - Francesca Croft
Officer - Tom Russell
Cardinal - Joe Pope
Banditti - Liam Goodman
Jacob Amos
Stretcher Bearers - Casey Heyburn, George Salt
Waiters - Lizzie Fagg
Sarah King
Anthony Maskell
Joe Parrish
Molly Scriberras

Directed by Daryl Brown