Oranges and Ink

And Tomorrow co-produced with “A Monkey with Cymbals” and “Alex Pearson Productions”

Aphra Behn and Nell Gwyn are good friends. One of them the first professional female writer and the other an actress turned royal courtesan, they helped each other find success, despite humble beginnings.

Oranges & Ink takes place at a time when fake news about a ‘Popish Plot’ to kill the King is being used to stir up anti-Catholic feelings. When the public seem more interested in the theatre of politics than in actual playhouses, how is Aphra to continue making a living from her plays? And what will happen to Nell if the King dies? Can she go back to the stage?

Set in the vibrant and frequently debauched world of Restoration theatre, the play follows the trials and tribulations of two female libertines in an age of intolerance and social upheaval.

Oranges & Ink had a 2 week run at the Tristan Bates theatre in the West End in Spring 2019, and was extended for 1 week at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington due to popular demand. There was a short tour which included New Wimbledon Studio and Stafford Gatehouse. The show also streamed during the 2020 lockdown and was awarded an Off West End online commendation.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Close Up Culture
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plays to See
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Breaking the Fourth Wall
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Remote Goat
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Phoenix FM
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Independent Catholic News