The Unfortunate Mother

Theatre company The Owle Schreame are billing this as the world premiere of Thomas Nabbes's 1640 play. The dark, Machiavellian tragedy will be performed in the final resting place of the author - St Giles-in-the-fields - and will be staged alongside two other plays in the company's 'Cannibal Valour' season.

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Sally Stratford

A compelling Jacobean tragedy that leaves you breathless! The acting is excellent (particularly the unfortunate mother of the title and her one time confidante, but ultimately the evil orchestrator of the whole poignant, almost unbearable climax) and the direction confident, intelligent and insightful. The whole cast bring an energy and passion to the piece that grips the audience and begs the question , why hasn't this play been staged before? The venue is fabulous and is used to wonderful effect, and because of the unique space we are aware that the writer is with us ( all be it, non-corporeal) throughout the play. I believe that he would have been delighted with the Owle Schreame Theatre Company's robust, rollicking and completely enthralling rendition of his play! A great night to be recommended!