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Coppersmith present 2 plays in 1 - "Angels in the River" and "Whatever Happened to Tom O' Bedlam?"

Sunday 26 3.00pmJanuary


Bar 74

74 Union St
PO33 2LN

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Coppersmith present 2 plays in 1 - "Angels in the River" and "Whatever Happened to Tom O' Bedlam?"


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As part of the Winter Warmer events in Ryde in January Coppersmith are putting on two plays. Thought-provoking and engaging tales of isolation, love, innocence and madness, these superbly acted and sympathetic characters will entice you into their colourful world of fantasy and mayhem.

Angels in the River - Frances lives alone but has created two companions from her imagination. Helen, and Sarah. They like living with Frances. They like to look after her. And they do not want to leave, because it’s dark in the river. But Frances wants a proper life. She wants to start again. The solution? A party! Using archetypal symbolism and mythology, the interplay of these characters creates an unsettling world of shifting loyalties, innocence and dependence, an abstract world of light and shadow, a feeling of floating and sinking in this unpredictable stream

Whatever Happened to Tom O’ Bedlam? - In early modern Britain, before the development of mental health institutions, Tom O’ Bedlams were a popular part of the English cultural landscape. They were itinerant entertainers playing the Lunatic and “madly decked and dressed all over in ribbons”. In the 17th century, however, Britain saw the beginning of modern society, and attitudes towards lunatics and beggars became far less tolerant and by the 1660’s the Tom O’ Bedlams had entirely disappeared. This play considers the plight of two such wanderers, Tom O’ Bedlam and his traditional partner Mad Maudlin, and asks, “Whatever happened to them?”

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