Arden of Faversham

Arden of Faversham is the week 7 main show at the ADC Theatre, directed by Anna Jennings. The plan was to do a cocktail themed photoshoot, and St John’s College provided us with a great atmospheric room. One by one the actors showed up in black tie and were provided with what looked like a glass of wine. We staged some photos with scenes that may or may not be in the play, before someone turned on some music and the dancing started. Here are my favourite photos from our photoshoot.

“Love is a God, and marriage is but words.”

Arden loves Alice, his wife. Mosbie loves Alice, his lover. Alice thinks she loves Mosbie, and so gambles on a spiralling series of plots to murder her husband. But not all bets go well. Within the glitzy and glamorous world of the 1920s, the events of this Renaissance domestic tragedy will unfold. Be prepared to laugh at Black Will and Shakebag’s disastrous assassination attempts. Be prepared to cry at the beautifully tragic verse of the unknown playwright (identified by some as Shakespeare or Marlowe). Arden of Faversham will invite you into a world ruled by coercion, classism and patriarchy – a world of the 1590s, a world of the 1920s, and a world of today. It will be beautiful, and it will be ugly.

(Text from Camdram)

Joe Spence and Isobel Laidler.
Joe Spence and Isobel Laidler
Ben Martineau
Tom Chamberlain and Henry Eaton-Mercer
Isobel Laidler, Tom Chamberlain, Henry Eaton-Mercer, Sabrina Gilby and Joe Spence
Georgina Taylor and Tom Chamberlain. We tried to keep our photos in character, but I am not sure if this actually happens in the play.
Isobel Laidler, Teuta Day, Ben Martineau, Henry Eaton-Mercer, Tom Chamberlain
Ben Martineau, Teuta Day and Tom Chamberlain
Tom Chamberlain, Isobel Laidler, Georgina Taylor
Ben Martineau, Georgina Taylor and the girl squad.
“Paint me like one of your French girls.” Teuta Day, Tom Chamberlain, Isobel Laidler and Seth
Ben Martineau, Lisa Bernhardt and Henry Eaton-Mercer. The crew got in on the action with the actors.
Teuta Day, Ben Martineau and Seth. No cocktail party is complete without a bit of cockfighting.
Teuta Day, Ben Martineau and Seth. To get a bit of extra action we threw in a random dinner jacket into the melee.
Teuta Day looking on while Seth and Ben Martineau are having a bromance moment.
Seth, Ben Martineau and Lisa Bernhardt. I am not sure if this is part of the play, or just Seth and Lisa being themselves.
Anastasia Bruce-Jones, Anna Jenning, Mariella Brown, Lisa Bernhardt, Ricarda Meisl and Gaia Fay Lambert

Click the portraits to see them in full screen.

Check out the Varsity preview and the TCS preview of the play.

Reviews: Varsity (3/5)

For more theatre photos, see the theatre category on the blog.

Alice – Isobel Laidler
Arden – Tom Chamberlain
Mosbie – Joe Spence
Franklin – Henry Eaton-Mercer
Clarke – Seth
Greene – Sabrina Gilby
Black Will – Georgina Taylor
Ada Cheiny – Beatriz Santos
Michael – Ben Martineau
Susan – Teuta Day
Newsreader (voiceover) – Leo Benedict
Shakebag – Conor Dumbrell

Production Team
Director – Anna Jennings
Assistant Director – Anastasia Bruce-Jones
Producer – Tom Compton
Associate Producer – Alex Ridley
Assistant Producer – Francesca Cosslett
Production Designer – Lily Stone
Set Designer – Ciaran Walsh
Stage Manager – Mariella Brown
Deputy Stage Manager – Georgina Evans
Assistant Stage Manager – Ricarda Meisl, Ellie Greenberg
Publicity Designer – Alex Strouts
Programme Designer – Alex Strouts
Costume/Makeup/Hair Team – Gaia Fay Lambert, Izzy Rudd, Lisa Bernhardt
Lighting Designer – Armand Feuilleaubois
Technical Director – George Bateman
Photographer – Johannes Hjorth

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