TOURING PRODUCTION 1995

Duffy and the Devil

devised by Matthew Smith and the company

directed by Matthew Smith

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            ‘Bedlam Theatre Company’s most adventurous, musical and physical piece of theatre yet.’

The Cornishman

            Devised by the company with director Matthew Smith, ‘Duffy and the Devil’ is an old Cornish story of the battle between good and evil for a young woman’s soul.

            In many ways a Cornish ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, the story tells of a lazy but crafty young woman, Duffy, who lives in poverty with her exasperated stepmother, Janey. One day, the lord of the manor, Lord Lovell, rides by: Janey appeals to him for help with her recalcitrant stepdaughter. Duffy claims that she’s not lazy but, in fact, a very able spinner and seamstress, and Lord Lovell takes Duffy on at once. When Duffy arrives at Trewoofe Manor, she has to deal with the results of her lies. Help comes in the form of a mysterious stranger, but there is a price…

            The story was told by four actors through fourteen different characters, including Lord Lovell’s masked servants (who turned out to have a more than passing resemblance to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), a miller who turns out to be a witch, a rather peculiar vicar and two suspiciously hairy local women.

            ‘The company had a lot to live up to, and live up to it they did.’

The Cornish Times

 

Cast

 

Mallie Hill -

Duffy - Emma Spurgin Hussey

The Devil - Rory Wilton

Lord Lovell - Toby Yarwood

 

Stage Manager - Sam Wilton

 

 

Phone: 01872 272695

E-mail: bedlamtc@bedlamtc.co.uk

 

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