Handbag or The Importance of Being Someone

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Opened 8 Jul 2014
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

"I am my own creation and it is generally agreed that I have made a very good job of it" (Handbag). Twenty-eight years before The Importance of Being Earnest, a young woman gives birth to a baby boy. Is it an accident when Nanny places him in a handbag and her unpublished novel into the pram? In 1998, a new baby is stolen and an academic discovers an unpublished novel of more than usually revolting sentimentality. From Victorian wet nurses to 90s sperm banks, Mark Ravenhill's play examines the role of parenting in an age of diverse sexuality's, biological engineering and Tinky Winky's handbag.

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