Her Naked Skin
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London 1913. Militancy in the Suffragette Movement is at its height. Thousands of women of all classes serve time in Holloway Prison in their fight to gain the vote. Amongst them is Lady Celia Cain who feels trapped by both the policies of the day and the shackles of a frustrating marriage. Inside, she meets a young seamstress, Eve Douglas, and her life spirals into an erotic but dangerous chaos. Her Naked Skin is set at a crucial moment when, with emancipation almost in sight, women refuse to let the establishment stand in their way .
1 August 2008
The first new play by a living woman writer on the Olivier stage is, suitably enough, one about suffragettes. But Howard Davies’s production of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s Her Naked Skin – the final offering in this year’s Travelex £10 season - is as much about personal as political emancipation; the central Sapphic love story of a well-connected lawyer’s wife, Lady Celia Cain (Lesley Manville), and a Limehouse seamstress, Eve Douglas (Jemima Rooper), is a sort of serious Edwardian version of Prisoner: Cell Block H.
The two women meet while peeling potatoes in Holloway prison, a great grey clanking cage in Rob Howell’s imposing design where the regular inmates – “a lunatic fringe of frigid women who crave attention,” in the words of the Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith (David Beames) – are hosed down, banged up and force-fed in between breaking windows and practising their shooting in Epping Forest.
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Lesley Manville (Celia Cain)
Zoe Aldrich (Emily Wilding Davison/Ensemble)
Julien Ball (John Seely/Hunt)
David Beames (Herbert Asquith/Ensemble)
Ken Bones (Doctor Klein/Augustine Birrel)
Elicia Daly (Flower Lady/Ensemble)
Joe Dunlop (Ensemble)
Susan Engel (Florence Boorman)
Stephanie Jacob (Mrs Briggs)
Ruth Keeling (Wardress/Ensemble)
Dermot Kerrigan (Doctor Vale/Ensemble)
Barbara Kirby (Mrs Major/Ensemble)
Anna Lowe (Felicity/Ensemble)
Nick Malinowski (Doctor Parker/Ensemble)
Simon Markey (Edward Grey/Ensemble)
Pamela Merrick (Mrs Schliefke)
Gerard Monaco (Charlie Power)
Edward Newborn (Guard/Ensemble)
Harriette Quarrie (Miss Brint/Ensemble)
Adrian Rawlins (William Cain)
Jemima Rooper (Eve Douglas)
Stephanie Thomas (Nurse/Ensemble)
Tony Turner (Brown/Potter)
Robert Willox (Keir Hardie/Cecil)
Deborah Winckles (Mrs Collins/Ensemble)