Emilia "I will never be at peace as long as I have no voice"


St Paul's Church (Circomedia)

Key Information
  • Dates Fri 17 Feb 2023 - Sat 25 Feb 2023
  • Location St Paul's Church (Circomedia)
  • Ticket prices

    £10 Concession
    £12 General
    £16 Pay It Foward

"I am 76 years old and I hold in me a muscle memory of every woman who came before me and I will send more for those that will come after."

Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Directed by Sally Cookson
Set Designer Alice Sales
Costume Designer Rhiannon Binnington
Composer John O’Hara
Movement Director Laila Diallo

It’s 1611 and, at the age of 42, Emilia Bassano becomes the first woman to have her poetry published in England. For centuries, history has overlooked this achievement in favour of her male contemporaries. Until 400 years later, that is.

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s triple Olivier Award-winning comedy storms into Bristol next February. A concoction of historical inspiration and imagination, this period romp charts our heroine’s journey from young courtier to a radical writer, well-versed in pushing the boundaries of a stiff society.

With direction from the highly acclaimed Sally Cookson (A Monster Calls, The Old Vic; Peter Pan, National Theatre), this galvanising and riotous production vividly transforms Emilia’s life from page to stage, whilst giving voice to generations of silenced and exploited communities.

Suitable for ages 11+


Emilia 1 Gaia Ashwood
Lady Katherine / Desdemona (Othello) Kate Cartwright
William Shakespeare / Lady Cordelia / Man 1 Sophie Carlton
Lady Margaret Clifford / Midwife / Judith Zoe Doughty
Emilia 3 Sumāh Ebelé
Lord Henry Carey / Eve Holly Hawgood
Susan Bertie (Countess of Kent) / Mary / Bob Ellie Jack
Lord Alphonso Lanier / Man 2 Petra Joan-Athene
Emilia 2 Assa Kanouté
Mary Sidney / Hester Anna Murphy
Lady Helena / Lord Howard / Emilia / (Othello) / Flora Lucy Pascoe
Lord Collins / Lady Anne Clifford / Dave Melina Sinadinou

Creative and Technical

Director Sally Cookson*
Costume Designer Rhiannon Binnington
Set Designer Alice Sales
Lighting Designer Adrianne Broadgate
Sound Designer Ebony Hayes
Composer John O’Hara*
Movement Director Laila Diallo*
Assistant Directors Lydia Cook & Natalie Simone
Voice & Dialect Coach Carol Fairlamb†
Production Manager Steve O’Brien†
Assistant Production Manager Maisy Harbert
Production Supervisor Lisa Darcy† & Kirsty Henderson*
Stage Manager Abbi Davies
Deputy Stage Manager Elspeth Goodman
Assistant Stage Managers Alice Truman-Boal & Isabella Keating
LX Supervisor Frank Bradley†
LX Operator Jacob Clear
Production Electrician Willow Digweed
Sound Operator Ebony Hayes
Sound Mixer Jocelyn Chen
Prop Making Supervisor Tom Gould
Prop Maker Emily South
Construction Manager Jude Fulwood
Construction Assistants Lewis Bamford, Jacob Clear, Jocelyn Chen, Tommy Károlyi, Muir McFadden, Lisa Viel-Vigneron
Carpenter Kirk Bishop*
Scenic Artists Jo Browne* & Louise Griffin*
Costume Supervisor Shanice Dacres
Costume Assistants
Rosie Gayner, Ava Harker, Bessy Mo, Lasya Purohit
Costume Makers Jo Kenney, Ruby Nex, Kim White

One of my favourite parts about BOVTS is that it feels ‘homegrown’. From the set to the costume, lighting, acting and sound, every single aspect of a theatre production or film is down to the students. The location of Clifton is so serene and the School being so small everyone knows each other and it feels so personal and special. Violet Morris, BA Professional Acting Student