This is an ambitious and exciting play, all the more so for being a Cambridge story, that although fictional, draws on real events and real people. It weaves together a number of significant themes – the devastation of the first world war, women’s suffrage, town v gown, spiritualism, the English Civil War, witch hunts, plague – around a ghost story with a whodunnit twist.
by Elaine Feinstein and the Women’s Theatre Group
Combined Actors of Cambridge will be presenting Lear’s Daughters by Elaine Feinstein and the Women’s Theatre Group as their entry for the Sawston and Cambridge Drama festivals in 2018. The play will be directed by Chris Avery. Lear’s Daughters is a “prequel” to King Lear, looking at the lives of the sisters as children and young adults.
On a distant island a man waits.
Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.
The Girl in the Glass
a Cambridge Ghost Story by Sean Lang