Local professional theatre company, LynchPin’s Artifice production of ROTTEN PERFECT, by local playwright and actor Claire Parker, directed by Kate Napier, will be performed at Watts Gallery, Compton in Surrey as part of the year-long celebration of G.F. Watts’ 200th birthday.
Rotten Perfect – a witty snapshot into the impassioned back-stage lives of Ellen Terry and Henry Irving, King and Queen of the Victorian stage, featuring G. B Shaw.
Life is complicated at the Lyceum Theatre in 1890’s London. Actor-Manager, Henry Irving, is doing everything he can to keep his theatre up and running and to keep his star actress, the famous Ellen Terry, happy. Rehearsals are underway. Henry needs a success. Ellen watches impatiently. When it’s her turn with the great man himself on stage there’s a subtext of longing and desire. They have a history, but they’re both married to other people and are now merely professional colleagues. Aren’t they? Tired of the classics, will Ellen be lured by that upstart George Bernard Shaw to seek new and challenging roles elsewhere?
As local history buffs will tell you, Ellen (barely aged 16) was briefly married to, and modelled for, G. F. Watts. His paintings are the sumptuous backdrop for the play. Taster scenes from the play will be performed at Watts Gallery by the actors to whet your appetite during the September Heritage Open Days (9 & 10 September).
Tickets available from Watts Gallery and cost £15 (£12 Friends of Watts Gallery)