~ Directed by Angela Reiss ~
Against the flat, bleak landscape of the Fenlands, men and women are cramped into bitterness by grinding labour and economic oppression.
Fen is composed of brief, fiercely resonant scenes, carving with powerful humanity the desolate lives of the village’s men and women. Three girls sing of being hairdressers or housewives when they grow up. Angela makes her stepdaughter drink water from the kettle. The representative of a City corporation purrs and placates her way to buying a farm that has been in the same family for generations. Ninety-year-old Ivy dreams aloud of union struggles. But the hard spine of the play is Val, a thirty-year-old who finds herself caught between her children and her lover – happy in brief moments, yet tormented past hope.
First performed in 1983, Fen is a flinty, eerie play, haunted by the ghosts of starving field workers and claustrophobic in its condemnation of agrarian and social exploitation.
|Jo Burnham||Various roles|
|Jan Palmer Sayer||Various roles|
|Carol Monzeglio||Various roles|
|Jocelyn Addis||Various roles|
|Tony Mason||Various roles|
|Claudia McKelvey||Variious roles|
|Margo Ladell||Stage Manager|
|Cath Mulroney||Stage Manager|
|Tony Mason||Sound Production|
|Wendy Hogan||Sound Operator|
|Chris Janes||Sound Operator|
|Betty Janes||Production Secretary|