Everyone has another face they hide behind …
A radical re-imagining by playwright Evan Placey of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, where civilised society meets seedy Soho in a thrilling collision of Victorian England with the here and now.
Evan Placey’s Jekyll & Hyde is a radical re-imagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 gothic novella, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
The play opens in the Victorian period, after the death of Dr Jekyll (the culminating event in Stevenson’s novella). Jekyll’s widow, Harriet, is trying to continue her late husband’s work, which results in her developing an alter ego as a violent, forthright prostitute, Flossie Hyde, who isn’t going to be exploited by anyone. But the world of the story is increasingly disrupted by glaring anachronisms until, at the end of Act One, the twenty-first-century world breaks through in the form of a new plot concerning a young woman called Florence Monroe, who is blogging a story about Harriet Jekyll, and using it to incite rebellion and public violence against patriarchal authority.
In an Introduction to the published script, Evan Placey writes:
‘I was conscious, when working on my version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, that it was a process of reimagination, rather than simply adaptation. Not only was I writing for a new genre, but I was writing for a new generation. I wanted to preserve the heart of the novel whilst making a new work that would stand in its own right, and so it made sense to me for my play also to explore some elements of the story that Stevenson’s novel had not.
‘Revisiting the book I was struck by the invisibility of women. Aside from two fleeting characters in two fleeting moments, they don’t exist. They’re not allowed to be part of the story. And so I started to imagine what the stories were for the unseen women in the book and what the narrative would be like if a woman were to take the reins.
‘The repression of the female characters from the novel slowly became the main thing I wanted to explore in my adaptation – especially the idea that if society represses specific groups, they have to go to extremes to liberate themselves.’
Presented by AFTT (Academy of Film, Theatre & TV)
Movement Coach Ross Walker
Vocal Coach Jill Brown
Lighting Designer Martin Kinnane
Designer James Smithers
Production Manager Farlie Goodwin
Stage Manager Meagan Fitzpatrick
Deputy Stage Manager Cecilia Dinh
Assistant Stage Manager Ella Drinkwalter
Wednesday 25 September 7.30pm – Preview
Thursday 26 September 7.30pm
Friday 27 September 7.30pm
Saturday 28 September 2pm & 7.30pm
90 Minutes (no interval)
Full Price $30
AFTT Student $6