Mrs Fidget - Judy Preston
will have a title, and a name, that's resolved; a name that shall fill
should be genteel, yet not a bean; witty, yet no debauchee; susceptible
of love, yet abhorring lewd women..... mightily in love with me, and
not so much as know I am worth the clothes I wear."
Everyone is on the make in Mary Pix's comedy, The Beau Defeated. A biting satire on the social aspiration, the play follows two women in their search for respectable husbands. The unfortunate Mrs Rich makes a desperate attempt to land herself an aristocratic husband. For witty Lady Landsworth, the problem is to discover whether the man she loves is quite as good as he looks. From the nobles to the servants, no-one is what they appear to be. Imposters are unmasked, confidences betrayed and a great deal of money changes hands as the story careers towards its disasterous conclusion.
As popular in her day as male playwrights like Congreve, Mary Pix's play has not been produced for over a century. Second year students from the Drama Department have taken some liberties in their version of this light-hearted social critique.
Sir John Roverhead - James Walters
Lady La Basset
Sir John Roverhead
Costume Designs by Rob Davidson (Third Year Technical Specialisation)
The set under construction in Roborough Studio
Mrs Rich (Barbara Wiltshire) and Betty (Kate Coleman)
Clerimont Jnr (Simon Phillips)
Photos by Rob Davidson