The Bitches' Ball

Historical hilarity

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This article is from 2007.

History is usually served with complimentary rose tinted glasses allowing us to wipe out events we don’t wish to remember. It can do the same to people and it’s these individuals that Penny Dreadful are trying to make sure we can’t erase.

The company’s latest offering tells the story of prostitute, poet and lover to the Prince of Wales, Mary Robinson. ‘It’s kind of a rags-to-riches-to-rags story. We’ve made it into a comedy and I think it’s really quite funny,’ says actress and creative producer, Mira Dovreni. Of particular interest to her is the role of the media in Robinson’s demise. ‘They built her up in a very Lady Di way, but the minute she overstepped the mark they came down on her like a ton of bricks.

‘It’s not an educational play, you get the background of the weird world Robinson lived in, where the white face powder masks black teeth and everyone pretends to be terribly nice when really they’re all at it. It’s actually quite rude.’ (Nicola Husband)

Assembly@Hill Street, 623 3030, 5–27 Aug (not 15), 8.30pm, £11 (£9). Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £5.

This article is from 2007.

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