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Bartholomew Fair
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Bartholomew Fair

by Ben Jonson(1614)

Opening Night: August 20th 2010

Venue: Aberystwyth Arts Centre (studio)

Photographs J. Finnis

About the Play

A comedy in five acts. It was the last written of his four great comedies and first staged on October 31st, 1614 at the Hope Theatre by the Lady Elizabeth's Men. Written four years after 'The Alchemist,' five after 'Epicoene, or the Silent Woman,' and nine after 'Volpone,' it is in some respects the most experimental of these plays.

Production Notes

Castaway presents a contemporary and accessible interpretation of this flamboyant, bawdy and gorgeously irreverent classic. Bartholomew Fair is a fast-paced, classic Jacobean comedy. Dripping with biting satire, the play takes the temperature of English city life in 1614 at a celebratory event where all social distinctions are brought together... the fair.

Cast and Company

Role or Job Name
Ezekiel Edgeworth Alem Misan Ali-Yousif Hassan al-Khamiri
Ursula Lindsay Blumfield
Voices of the Puppets Wes Brom
Trouble-all Caroline Clark
Justice Adam Overdo Paul Ditch
Zeal-of-the-land Busy John Daniel Edwards
John Littlewit Jim Finnis
Moon-calf Jack Gilbert
Bartholomew Cokes Alex Gilbey
Humphrey Wasp Keith Huckfield
Quarlous Pete Hughes
Win Littlewit Catrin Fflûr Huws
Dame Purecraft Norma Izon
Lantern Leatherhead Michelle Jackson
Jordan Knockem Drew Lewis
Davy Bristle Nick Martin
Winwife Darren O'Connell
Grace Wellborn Liz Real
Mistress Overdo June Smith
Captain Whit Luke Tull
Joan Trash Colette Williams
Nightingale Ryan Woodruff
Toby Bristle Ryan Woodruff
Director David Blumfield
Sound Design David Blumfield
Set Design Duncan Gough
Lighting Design Duncan Gough
Stage Manager Shelley Iles
Light Board Operator Shelley Iles
Stage Manager Jade Johnson
Sound Operation Jade Johnson
Assistant Director Julie McNicholls
Script Editor and Consultant Susan Chapman
Fight Coordinator Paul Ditch
Puppetmaker Michelle Jackson
Puppetmaker Liz Real