English and Scottish Literature

The English Literature Play

In brief

Production - Mother Clap's Molly House by Mark Ravenhill

Director - Conor O'Cuinn

Venue - Bedlam Theatre

Date - 13 to 16 March 2024 at 7:30pm

Price - £9 (standard ticket) / £6/7 (concession tickets)

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About the play

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It’s London 1726, and Mrs. Tull’s got problems. The whores are giving her a hard time, a man in a dress is looking for a job, her husband has a roving eye and the apprentice boy keeps disappearing for ‘a wander’.

The play skips between the 18th century and 2001, where a group of wealthy gay men are preparing the drugs and video cameras for a sex party. The play is both an affectionate examination of the vitality and liberation of the molly house’s counterculture, and a regretful comment on the commodification of sex and love.

Mother Clap’s Molly House, a black comedy with songs, is a celebration of the diversity of human sexuality, an exploration of our need to form families and a fascinating insight into a hidden chapter in London’s history.

For the English Literature Play 2024, Mother Clap’s Molly House is being staged by a team led by fourth year English Literature student Conor O'Cuinn.

Meet the cast and crew on Instagram: @motherclapbedlam

About the English Literature Play Award

Each year the department of English Literature makes an award of up to £1000 to a literature student staging a live performance of a play text related to the English Literature degree programmes.

Previous productions include:

  • Translations by Brian Friel at Bedlam Theatre, 2023
  • Boys by Ella Hickson at Assembly Roxy, 2022
  • Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker at Bedlam Theatre, 2018
  • Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton at The Caves, 2011

If you're a student interested in applying for funding next year, keep an eye out for applications opening in autumn 2024.

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We teach over 30 single and joint MA undergraduate honours programmes in English and Scottish Literature and a full range of taught and research-led postgraduate programmes, from one-year masters degrees to PhDs in English Literature and Creative Writing.

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The English Literature Play

A production of Mark Ravenhill's Mother Clap's Molly House, directed by English Literature student Conor O'Cuinn. Winner of The English Literature Play Award 2024.

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