Meet Elizabeth Villiers, Princess Augusta, Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland and Nancy Astor, the first female MP. Four inspirational women who found a room of one’s own at Cliveden, a National Trust property with a rich and fascinating history.
A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN is an audio experience in the historic grounds of Cliveden. The stories of these misrepresented women are brought to life in four audio plays written by four of the UK’s finest playwrights – April De Angelis, Sabrina Mahfouz, Zodwa Nyoni and Alexandra Wood.
Follow a trail through the enchanting gardens listening to Nancy Carroll as Elizabeth Villiers, Vivienne Gibbs as Princess Augusta, Victoria Hamilton as Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland and Linda Broughton as Nancy Astor. Walk in their footsteps as they reclaim their reputations.
The audio experience will take the listener on a path through the impressive formal gardens soundtracked by the monologues. Visitors will start their audio journey by picking up a headset from the Information Centre at Cliveden, and following the guidance from there.
The installation is part of the National Trust’s 2018 Women and Power series and can be enjoyed from 13 June onwards.
For full details check the National Trust website here.
Read about the writers and actors involved below.
APRIL DE ANGELIS
April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, a two part dramatization of Elena Ferrantes’ epic family saga (Rose Theatre Kingston); AFTER ELECTRA (Theatre Royal Plymouth & Tricycle Theatre 2015); RUNE (New Vic Theatre Stoke 2015); GASTRONAUTS (Royal Court Upstairs, 2013); JUMPY (Royal Court 2011 & Duke of York’s Theatre 2012, Melbourne and Sydney 2015); an adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Birmingham Rep, 2008); A LAUGHING MATTER (Out of Joint at National Theatre, 2001); A WARWICKSHIRE TESTIMONY (RSC, 1999); THE POSITIVE HOUR (Out of Joint at Hampstead Theatre, 1997); PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (Old Vic Theatre, 1993; revived at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2013); and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FANNY HILL (The Old Fire Station Oxford, 1991; revived at the Bristol Old Vic, 2015). Her new adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN opened at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in Spring 2018. Current work includes commissions for the Royal & Derngate Northampton and BBC Radio 4.
Upcoming work includes THE VILLAGE at Theatre Royal Stratford East in September.
Sabrina has recently been called ‘[one of] our most interesting playwrights’ by Lyn Gardner in the Guardian and ‘theatrical dynamite’ by the Independent. Her theatre work includes CHEF, a play about an inmate of a woman’s prison who is also a haute cuisine chef, which won a Fringe First Award and was nominated for multiple international awards; DRY ICE, her first play based on her time working in stripclubs, directed by David Schwimmer and for which she was nominated as Best Solo Performer in The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence. CLEAN, a play about three women who work in the criminal underworld, which won a Herald Angel Award and transferred from Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh to Off-Broadway in 2015; WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK, a gig theatre piece with a live UK Garage score about a young woman’s coming of age in 2001, which has been performed across the UK, including at the National Theatre and the Roundhouse and will be the first ever radio drama on BBC 1xtra.
Eight of her plays are published by Bloomsbury Methuen. Her poetry collection about sex work, How You Might Know Me (Out-Spoken Press), was a 2017 Guardian Best Summer Reads. She is currently writing her first feature film, about the legendary UK producer and rapper Wiley, for Pulse Films.
Sabrina is the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write (Saqi Books), a Guardian Book of the Year and is an essay contributor to the multi-award-winning The Good Immigrant (Unbound), exploring her mixed racial heritage through the lens of British fashion. She received a 2017 Society of Authors Award to complete her first novel and has won the 2018 King’s Arts & Culture Alumni Award for inspiring change in the creative industries.
Sabrina has been the Sky Arts Academy Scholar for Poetry; Creative in Residence at The Hospital Club; Poet in Residence at Cape Farewell; Leverhulme Playwright in Residence and Associate Artist at the Bush Theatre. She has facilitated writing workshops in prisons, schools and charities for the Royal Court, the National Theatre, The Poetry Society, the World Economic Forum, Clean Break and many others.
Zodwa is a playwright and poet based in Leeds. As winner of the Channel 4 Playwright’s Scheme she was Writer-in-Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. She has previously been Apprentice Poet-in-Residence at Ilkely Literature Festival (2013), Leeds Kirkgate Market (2012) and Writer-in-Residence at I Love West Leeds Festival (2010).
She was part of the Manchester Royal Exchange’s New Stages writing initiative and participated in the 2015 iWrite Regional New Writing Initiative with Creative England. She is currently under commission at London’s Kiln Theatre.
Work includes: ODE TO LEEDS (West Yorkshire Playhouse); WEATHERED ESTATES (City of Culture 2017/Hull University); BORDERLINE (Young Vic ‘5 Plays’ season); SISTER (Ilkley & Beverley Literature Festivals); NINE LIVES (Leeds Studio – UK Tour, Oran Mor & West Yorkshire Playhouse); BOI BOI IS DEAD (a finalist for the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Tiata Fahodzi & Watford Palace Theatre); A LETTER TO YOU (Manchester Royal Exchange); TANGLED ROOTS (Trinity Arts & DePaul University, Chicago); COME TO WHERE I’M FROM (Paines Plough, Drum Theatre, Plymouth and WYP); THE NIGHT SHIFT (Young Writers’ Scheme, WYP / BBC Writer’s Room) and THE POVO DIE TILL FREEDOM COMES (Square Chapel & The Bush Theatre).
Radio includes: Love Again – Sonnets in the City (read by Maxine Peake – BBC / BBC Philharmonic).
Alexandra is a London-based playwright. An extract from her new musical, MAMMOTH, written with composer Matthew Herbert, will be presented at BEAM2018 in March.
Her new English translation of Manfred Karge’s MAN TO MAN (Wales Millennium Centre and Edinburgh Fringe) toured the UK and ended in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November 2017.
Her plays include THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough); AGES (Old Vic New Voices); MERIT (Plymouth Drum); THE INITIATE (Paines Plough, winner of a Scotsman Fringe First); THE EMPTY QUARTER (Hampstead); an adaptation of Jung Chang’s WILD SWANS (Young Vic/ART); THE CENTRE (Islington Community Theatre); UNBROKEN (Gate); THE LION’S MOUTH (Rough Cuts/Royal Court); THE ELEVENTH CAPITAL (Royal Court) and the radio play TWELVE YEARS (BBC Radio 4).
Short plays include POPE’S GROTTO (Paines Plough/Come to Where I’m From), MY NAME IS TANIA HEAD (Decade/Headlong) and work for the Royal Court, Oxford School of Drama, Rose Bruford College, Dry Write, nabokov and curious directive.
Alexandra is a past winner of the George Devine Award and was the Big Room Playwright-in-Residence at Paines Plough in 2013.
LINDA BROUGHTON (Nancy Astor)
Linda voices Nancy Astor. The American heiress that becomes the first female MP to take her seat in 1919.
Theatre credits include:
The Abbess, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Shakespeare’s Globe); Kathleen, HOME (Arcola); Grace, PURPLE HEART (Gate Theatre); Mrs Bryant, ROOTS (Mercury Colchester); Marie in A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG (Nottingham Playhouse); Marie in 2ND MAY 1997 (The Bush); Avdotya in IVANOV (Wyndham’s Theatre); Third Lady & Nurse in THE CHALK GARDEN (Donmar Warehouse); Clara in SNOWBOUND (Trafalgar Studios, London); Gertrude in HAMLET (The Factory); Jean in I LIKE MINE WITH A KISS (The Bush); Esther in THE SAFARI PARTY (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); Mrs Sarti in THE LIFE OF GALILEO, Ann Putnam and Sarah Good in THE CRUCIBLE, Heather in RACING DEMON, Gwenda in ABSENCE OF WAR AND MURMURING JUDGES (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Sylvia in BALLROOM FOR DE LE WARR PAVILLION (Tour); Pam in HOXTON STORY (The Red Room); Miss Prism in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (The Royal Theatre, Northampton); WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (Southwark Playhouse); NORTHANGER ABBEY; FORTY YEARS ON (The Northcott Theatre, Exeter); SUGAR DOLLIES (Gate Theatre); MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD (The Royal Theatre, Northampton); ROOKERY NOOK for (Greenwich Theatre); SMALL POPPIES (Young Vic); MACBETH (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE (Birmingham Repertory Theatre). Linda has also appeared in repertory seasons at The Octagon Theatre, Bolton; Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow; Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
Television credits include: DOCTOR WHO; HOLBY CITY: DOCTORS; WAKING THE DEAD; CASUALTY; PAUL MERTON: DOES CHINA EXIST?; HETTY WAINTHROPP INVESTIGATES; FIST OF FUN; CHANDLER AND CO.; ROUGHNECKS; KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU AND A DARK ADAPTED EYE (BBC); CARRIE AND BARRY; MEN BEHAVING BADLY (Hartswood Films); WYCLIFFE (H.T.V.); EXPERT WITNESS (L.W.T.); THE BILL (Thames Television); FIRM FRIENDS (Zenith); HOW WE USED TO LIVE (Yorkshire Television).
Linda’s film credits include:
BABEL (GMH Films Ltd); BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY (Working Title); SLIDING DOORS (Sliding Doors Productions); WATCH THAT MAN (Luna Pictures).
NANCY CARROLL (Elizabeth Villiers)
Nancy voices Elizabeth Villiers. A key player in William and Mary’s court, childhood friend of the latter and lover of the former. Sent away in disgrace with her reputation in tatters, she is thrust into marriage with George Hamilton, Earl of Orkney and finds a happy equilibrium at Cliveden Estate.
Theatre credits include: YOUNG MARX (Bridge Theatre); WOYZECK (The Old Vic); MODERATE SOPRANO (The Hampstead Theatre); CLOSER; THE RECRUITING OFFICER (Donmar Warehouse); THE MAGISTRATE; AFTER THE DANCE; MAN OF MODE; THE ENCHANTMENT; THE FALSE SERVANT; THE TALKING CURE; THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE (National Theatre); HOUSE OF GAMES; KING LEAR; WASTE (Almeida); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAMS (Sheffield Crucible); ARCADIA (Duke of York’s); AS YOU LIKE IT; HENRY IV PARTS I & II; THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE; THE WINTER’S TALE; TWELFTH NIGHT (RSC); COWARD, COCKTAILS AND CABARET; THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING (Chichester Festival Theatre); HAMLET (Bristol Old Vic); MAMMALS (Bush Theatre); SEE HOW THEY RUN (Duchess Theatre); STILL LIFE/ASTONISHED HEART (Liverpool Playhouse); YOU NEVER CAN TELL (Garrick Theatre)
Television credits include: FATHER BROWN SERIES 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6; CALL THE WIDWIFE; HOLBY CITY; SILENT WITNESS; DOCTORS; DALZIEL AND PASCOE; HOLBY; CAMBRIDGE SPIES (BBC 1); FATHER BROWN SERIES 5 (BBC Birmingham); PRIME SUSPECT 1973; WORDS OF THE TITANIC; LEWIS (ITV); WILL (TNT); THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER (Hat Trick Productions); MIDSOMER MURDERS SERIES VIII & XII (Bentley Productions); THE BILL (Thames)
Film credits include: THE GATHERING STORM (BBC Films); IRIS (Miramax); AN IDEAL HUSBAND (Ideal Film Co.)
VIVIENNE GIBBS (Princess Augusta)
Vivienne voices Princess Augusta. The wife of the heir to the throne, and adored by the public as their future queen. One half of a darling couple, beloved by their people.
Theatre: JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS (Paines Plough); TREASURE ISLAND (National Theatre Studio); SELLOTAPE SISTERS (CHAPTER 2); BLOOD CARMEN (Moving Theatre and Théâtre Ephémèride); THE LAST CURIOSITY (Young Vic); THE NATURE OF THINGS (Curved Space at The Place); LONG TOOTH (Gilded Balloon); SPLENDOUR (Cobden Club); THIS PROPERTY ID CONDEMNED; THE LADY OF LARKSPUR LOTION (Occam’s Razor); ELEPHANT MAN (Sincera, Brazil tour), UBU ROI (BAC); MUD; LA ENTREVISTA (Arcola Theatre); MARTINE MCCUTCHEON NEEDS ME (Soho Theatre). Vivienne is proud to be one of the many arts professionals who volunteer their time and talents to the renowned children’s mentoring theatre charity, Scene and Heard.
TV: MARCELLA (ITV, Netflix); COMEDY LAB (C4).
Film: 23 BELMONT PARK; ACT OF GOD; ATONEMENT; RABBIT FEVER.
VICTORIA HAMILTON (Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland)
Victoria voices Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland. The Mistress of the Robes to Queen Victoria and an ardent campaigner for the abolition of slavery and women’s rights.
Theatre includes: ALBION (Almeida); LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (Royal Court); TWELFTH NIGHT (Donmar Warehouse/Wyndham’s Theatre); ONCE IN A LIFETIME; SUMMERFOLK; MONEY (National Theatre); SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (Donmar Warehouse/UK Tour); SWEET PANIC (West End); A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG (Roundabout Theatre, New York/West End); HOME & BEAUTY (West End); THE COUNTRY WIFE; AS YOU LIKE IT (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); KING LEAR; THE PROVOKED WIFE; THE SEAGULL (Old Vic); TROILUS AND CRESSIDA; AS YOU LIKE IT (RSC); THE MASTER BUILDER (West End); RETREAT; MEMORANDUM (Orange Tree Theatre).
Television includes: THE CROWN; DOCTOR WIFE; OUR EX-WIFE; THE CIRCUIT; CALL THE MIDWIFE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL; THE GAME; WHAT REMAINS; TOAST; LARKRISE TO CANDLEFORD; TIME OF YOUR LIFE; TRIAL & RETRIBUTION; WIDE SARGASSO SEA; THE SHELL SEEKERS; A VERY SOCIAL SECRETARY; JERICHO; SPINE CHILLERS; TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH; THE BRONTES; GOODBYE MR CHIPS; BABY FATHER – I & II; VICTORIA & ALBERT; THE SAVAGES; KING LEAR; THE MERCHANT OF VENICE; PERSUASION; PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.
Film includes: FRENCH; SCOOP; BEFORE YOU GO; MANSFIELD PARK.