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Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore




Something Underground present:

Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore

“I’ll show you what I’ve been hiding, for thousands of years”

An evocative play about Brighton's Victorian Underworld,...

Written & Directed by Jonathan Brown
Performed by Isabella McCarthy Sommerville

It’s 1820 (ish) and Betsy is a Brightonian, “at work”. Having parted company from the St Mary’s Home for Penitent Women, she’s been given a “situation” by the knobs of the town, keeping an eye on the house of builder and land developer Thomas Kemp, lest he should return with the money he owes his creditors. Whilst she’s there, she’s required to give comfort to members of the brotherhood, and it isn’t long before she meets Guardian of the Town and Chair of the Committee for the Provision of the poor, George Bintshaft.

Flowers arrive. Then wine, then dresses. A carriage to take Betsy to a private supper. More wine, soft words, and then a hot wine-laden breath, urgent whisperings, fumblings at the same dress…

Betsy is a prequel to "The Well"
and a sequel to "The Silent Stream".

With evocative music by Dragonsfly:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bl4ivQPlWg&

Fitzroy House 10 High Street Lewes East Sussex BN7 2AD

More info & interview: https://www.somethingunderground.co.uk/betsy-wisdom-of-a-brighton-whore/

Date:
2 May - 8pm

Pay by donation on the door.
Minimum Suggested donation £8

Something Underground Accolades:
Best New Play Award, New Writing South 2012 (The Last Lunch).
Best New Play Award (Shortlist), New Writing South 2013 (The Silent Stream)
Best Male Performer, Brighton Fringe 2013 (Jonathan Brown for The Silent Stream)
Best Female Performer, Brighton Fringe 2014 (K Goodfellow, Smoking Ban)
Best Female Performer (Nom), Brighton Fringe 2013 (Rachel Guershon for Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore)
Best Male Performer (Nom), Brighton Fringe 2007 (Jonathan Brown for Large Print Trash)
(Argus Angel Winner, Brighton Fringe 2015, (Moon Tales, an SUTC-Supported Production.))

Isabella McCarthy Sommerville:
The Vaughan Rees Award for Best Actress (Brighton & Hove Arts Council 2017 Drama Awards)

Info: Text 0787 9832857 or PM us.

We are hoping to have copies of a publication of "The Well Trilogy" scripts, by Jonathan Brown, for sale by the end of the Fringe, but you can put in early orders.

(Additional dates in Brighton Fringe from 3 May to 1 Jun.
Info here: https://www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/betsy-wisdom-of-a-brighton-whore-135416/ )


Fitzroy House @ 8:00pm
20:00 - 21:30
By donation (min suggested £8)
Lewes BN7



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