Enslaved by Dreams

1984

What was it that made a perfectly sensible woman of more than average intelligence take to her bed for 50 years? Inspired by Florence Nightingale, this play explodes a few myths about the angel of the Crimea. With irreverent humour and a passionate affection it celebrates the phenomenon that was Florence Nightingale and is every woman who navigates the treacherous waters of desire and duty, ambition and obligation, career and family.

  • Written by Chris Bowler

Cast

Sally Cranfield
Blue
Tamsin Heatley
Grey
Celia Gore-Booth
Cream

Production Team

Chris Bowler
Director
Gemma Jackson
Designer
Marion Weiss
Costumes
Steve Whitson
Lighting Designer
Karen Rabinowitz
Choreographer
Helen Glavin
Music
Sandy Bailey
Administration
Angela Stewart-Park
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Places and dates

Quay Theatre, Sudbury
17/02/1984 - 18/02/1984
Warehouse Theatre, Croydon
20/02/1984 - 22/02/1984
Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead
24/02/1984 - 25/02/1984
I.C.A., London
28/02/1984 - 10/03/1984
Stahl Theatre, Oundle School
16/03/1984 - 17/03/1984
Bede Tower, Sunderland Polytechnic
21/03/1984

‘The play is dream-like – intriguing and disturbing in turn. Throughout the play there are dances – acrobatic ballets with teacups, stately waltzes and an Indian whirling dervish affair, all flying hair and ballooning skirts. The performances are sensitive and funny and Chris Bowler’s script is fresh and challenging.’
Nick Baker Times Educational Supplement March 1984

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