Skip navigation

Playhouse creatures: the struggle towards virtuosity

Playhouse creatures: the struggle towards virtuosity

Guard, Pippa (2009) Playhouse creatures: the struggle towards virtuosity. In: School of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Conference, 28 May 2009, University of Greenwich. (Unpublished)

Full text not available from this repository.


The conflation of the actress and the whore is as old as time, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, continues to excite interest from academics, writers and audiences. April de Angelis’ Playhouse Creatures was inspired by Elizabeth Howe’s seminal The First English Actresses (1992), which was the first academic reading of the Restoration actress, since the 1950’s. Howe saw the first English actresses as victims of the Restoration male gaze: sexually displayed and exploited. In this paper Howe’s reading and de Angelis’s realisation will be examined alongside archival research and the help of the cast of this year’s production of Playhouse Creatures in order to discover another story, the development of the actress as virtuoso. [From the Author]

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: theatre, literary history, English Restoration,
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Communications & Creative Arts
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Related URLs:
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:05

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item