Staged reading at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
2:30pm, Friday 11th September 2015
Judith Shakespeare has one ambition: to be a playwright. When her debt-ridden father forces her into an engagement, she runs away with the help of dashing actor Ned Alleyn, hoping to join her brother in London. But when Judith arrives in the plague-stricken capital, she finds her brother gone, Ned engaged to another, and her play refused.
Judith and the players confront poverty in an economic depression; a society where women’s freedoms are curtailed; and a government tackling religious extremism in a climate of fear. Judith must choose between succumbing to social pressures, and following her dream, no matter what the cost.

The Creative Team

Emma Whipday
Emma Whipday is Associate Writer for Oxford-based theatre company Reverend Productions; her work has been performed at a range of Oxford venues, the Edinburgh Fringe, and the Old Vic Tunnels. She is a Stipendiary Lecturer in English at Brasenose College, Oxford, and lectures in Shakespeare at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Asia Osborne 
Asia’s directing credits include One By One (Tristan Bates), London Omnibus (Drill Hall), Emma (Leicester Square Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet (Broadway Theatre). She trained with the Young Vic's Springboard. Asia is Artistic Director of ONEOHONE, Young Company Director for the Rose Theatre Kingston, and in 2012 was Eton College's Director-in-Residence.

James Marsden 
James first got involved in theatre in school as a stage manager, and started producing as a student in 2008, when he founded Reverend Productions with Brian McMahon. He has produced Emma and In the Kingdom of the Blind for Reverend at the Edinburgh Fringe, and Dracula and Gormenghast in Oxford, among others, alongside studying for a DPhil in History.


Augustine Philips - Joseph Dawson
Judith Shakespeare - Remmie Milner
Dick Burbage - George Johnston
John Shakespeare / Sergeant - Andy Murton
Mary Shakespeare - Clare Bloomer
Egerton / Soldier 1 - Tim Harker
William Underhill / Henslowe / Soldier 2 - Simon Blake
Ned Alleyn - Dino Kelly
Joan Henslowe - Simona Bitmate
Dorothy Clayton / Susannah - Beth Eyre
Lucy Morgan / Hamnet - Roseanna Brear
William Shakespeare - Mike Evans
Stage Directions - Brian McMahon
Lutenist and Classical Guitarist - Sam Brown

Supported By
Pitch Your Play is generously supported by the Noël Coward Foundation