Something Underground to Present BETSY: WISDOM OF A BRIGHTON WHORE; Plays Brighton Fringe, May 15-31
This May's Brighton Fringe sees the return of the award-nominated play about Brighton's hidden past with Something Underground Theatre Company's BETSY: WISDOM OF A BRIGHTON WHORE, running May 15 through May 31, 2014. Once The Prince Regent began frequenting Brighton, the market for prostitution took... a sudden upturn!
"Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore" combines a gripping plot from award-winning writer Jonathan Brown, passionate acting from Brighton-bred Eleanor Dillon Reams, (former student at Stringer / Sussex downs) and a central atmospheric venue Friend's Meeting House creating an incredibly intense drama, set in Victorian Brighton.
The one-woman play centres around Betsy who, after being expelled from St Mary's Home for Penitent Women for her brazen irreverence, is thrust into an unknown world where she discovers she can still make a living from her body. Soon she becomes confidant and concubine to local dignitary George Bintshaft. But, after subsequently bearing a child, she finds herself in grave danger.
Something Underground Theatre Company, who in 2012 Won the Best New Play Award at The Brighton Fringe have created another visceral, shocking and tender play blending the brutality of street life with the deep instinctual tenderness of a maternal woman on the edge.
Something Underground Theatre have been racking up the Brighton Fringe Awards lately, with Best New play in 2012, Best Male Performer in 2013, Best New Play shortlist 2013, Best Female Performer nomination 2013 (for this show!), and Best Male Performer nomination 2007.
And they're not stopping there. "Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore" is just one of three women-focussed plays from Something Underground in this year's Fringe. The Last Lunch and new play Smoking Ban, also play at the Friend Meeting House. You can see them separately, but you can also get a great discount ticket to see all three!
AND on the opening night (15th May), tickets are only £5 / £4 (concs).
Brighton Fringe dates: 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th, 31st May
Venue: Friends' Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton
Individual Show Price: £10 / £8 (concs) or £20 for all three.