Lewd Women and Female Felons and The Fasting Girl selected to be part of Make it SO season at NST.
Two plays by mother and daughter playwrights, Cecily and Rachel O’Neill, will be presented as part of this year’s Make It SO season, a festival designed to support emerging writers and artists from Southampton and the surrounding areas. Cecily and Rachel co-founded 2TimeTheatre in 2016 and have quickly built a reputation for bringing original and historical stories to dramatic life.
Lewd Women and Female Felons is a play for voices, based on research done on the lives of many unfortunate women who were sentenced to 12 months hard labour as punishment for having illegitimate babies. Enlivened by songs and ballads of the period, the play offers a glimpse of the lives of the women who suffered such harsh conditions.
Cecily has based the play on research carried out on the Bridewell, a House of Correction, situated in Hyde in the late 1700s.
Cecily’s previous project was A Fruitful Season: Keats in Winchester was staged in July as part of the Winchester Festival.