Fizzing Comedy, Gutsy Heroines and Camaraderie!  Aspiring Actresses  Rise from the Gutter in ‘Playhouse Creatures!’ 

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Bruiser Theatre Company  is delighted to announce its new production ‘Playhouse Creatures’ which debuts at The MAC from Tuesday 22 September to Saturday 26 September 2015. The show tours Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on:

29 September at 8pm Old Courthouse, Antrim
30 September at 8pm The Market Place Theatre, Armagh
1 October at 7.30pm Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry
3 October at 8pm Playhouse, Derry
8 October at 8pm at Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey
9 October at 8pm Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
10 October at 8pm Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
14 October at 8pm Mullingar Arts Centre, Co Westmeath
15 October at 8pm Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
16 October at 8.30pm Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda


Playhouse Creatures has a vibrant all female cast, depicting the lives of five gutsy women who have the opportunity to become the first actresses to perform on stage with some credibility. The era is 1670 and women were just allowed to tread the boards following a decree by King Charles II.  The play is marvellously entertaining with feminist undertones peppered throughout; showing how the careers of actresses gradually became an essential part of theatre which traditionally had been the realm of men.  Bruiser’s production is ballsy, sassy and brash. Expect fizzing comedy, camaraderie and contention in this unvarnished, wickedly funny and vivacious account of the fight these women faced to be seen as theatre’s first legitimate actresses. These female role models will be stamped firmly in your heart.  The play is aimed towards fans of historical drama and comedy with dark twists.

Audiences will gain a glimpse into the real lives of some of the pioneer English actresses who fought hard for equality, yet spent most of their time beating off the advances of some rather unsavoury men. This play deals with modern issues seen through the eyes of 17th Century women.

‘Playhouse Creatures’ is directed by the energetic Lisa May in her usual directorial style of choosing  fearless characters, brave storytelling with maximum impact. Lisa commented: “I chose ‘Playhouse Creatures’ as a story which is still relevant today; the audience will love the characters, the charming Nell Gwyn who aspires to step into a world of perceived glamour; an aging and contrite Mrs Betterton; the naive Mrs Farley; the modern and accepting of her situation Mrs Marshall; and all meshed together with the witty and tell-it-as-it-is Doll Common. The five actresses fight against the prejudices of the industry and have bitter rivalries. Women in the arts experience a journey and this plays’ prevailing tone is comic but doesn’t allow you to forget the hardships which women often face.”


The cast comprises the very best of Northern Ireland’s female acting talent Claire Burns, Jo Donnelly, Roisin Gallagher, new-comer Amy Molloy and Roma Tomelty. Their corsets are tightened, their faces are daubed and they are living in the bear-pit of the theatre-world, all while aspiring to be celebrities or simply wanting to improve their lot! These are the creatures who no longer want to be tamed!

Playhouse Creatures is also a set play and companion piece for AQA AS Theatre Studies with a real opportunity for schools to visit the theatre bringing text to life and provide a visual interpretation.

To book a ticket visit the venue websites or visit Tickets range from £9 to £17.

Playhouse Creatures is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Foyle Foundation.

Doll and  Betterton and Marshall

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