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“The Masks of Aphra Behn” and “Oranges & Ink” – A Double Bill!

MOAB and Oranges & Ink - Monkey Cymbals

A Monkey With Cymbals presents

"The Masks of Aphra Behn" and "Oranges & Ink" - A Double Bill!

Aphra Behn was the first professional female writer. Now, for the first time ever, ‘The Masks of Aphra Behn’ and ‘Oranges & Ink’ – two companion-piece one-hour plays that won rave reviews – are to be presented together as a double-bill!
‘The Masks of Aphra Behn’ – It’s 1677 and an audience getting ready to watch Aphra Behn’s ‘The Rover’ is in for a surprise. For the show has been cancelled and in its place, Aphra herself recounts the extraordinary tale of her time as a spy for King Charles II in the Dutch Wars, and how she became a writer. Complete with excerpts from Behn’s letters, poetry and plays, this vivid and thought-provoking one-woman show brings one of the theatre’s most brilliant raconteurs back to life.
‘Oranges & Ink’ – Aphra Behn and Nell Gwyn are good friends. One of them a successful playwright and the other an actress turned royal courtesan, they helped each other find success, despite humble beginnings. ‘Oranges & Ink’ takes place at a time when fake news about a so-called Popish Plot to kill the King is being used to stir up anti-Catholic feelings. When the public seems more interested in the theatre of politics than in actual playhouses, how is Aphra to continue making a living from her plays? And what will happen to Nell if the King dies? Can she go back to the stage?


Cast & Creatives

The Masks of Aphra Behn:
Writer/Aphra Behn – Claire Louise Amias
Director – Pradeep Jey
Sound Design – Keri Danielle Chesser
Costume – Anna Sørensen Sargent
Lighting Design – Cat Harmer

Oranges & Ink:
Writer/Aphra Behn – Claire Louise Amias
Nell Gwyn – Sarah Lawrie
Director – Alex Pearson
Music – The Lovekyn Consort
Lighting Design – Steve Lowe
Costume for Aphra Behn – Anna Sørensen Sargent


Website & Social Media

Twitter: @MonkeyWithCymb


Review / Quotes

Review for ‘The Masks of Aphra Behn’:

★★★★ Remote Goat “Thoroughly Entertaining… faultless”

★★★★ Female Arts “You’ll be hard pressed to find a show quite as original and enjoyable as this one”

A Younger Theatre “Entertaining, witty, well written… insightful”


Reviews for ‘Oranges & Ink’:

★★★★ Close Up Culture “A fascinating play from a talented writer”

★★★★ Plays to See “The show is a delight to watch…high-spirited, moving and sparkling”

★★★★ Breaking the Fourth Wall “The chemistry between Lawrie and Amias makes the play so enjoyable”

★★★★ Remote Goat “An excellent play”

★★★★ Phoenix FM “Highly entertaining”

★★★★ Independent Catholic News “The dialogue is tight and fizzes along”



25 May 2020 - 31 May 2020


All Day

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 25 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
  • Time: All Day


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A Monkey With Cymbals

A Monkey With Cymbals is a small-scale theatre company started in 2009 by Claire Louise Amias and Pradeep Jey. The company has worked on a number of projects, focusing on new writing - the aim of the company is to tell good stories, which feature the work of female and BAME performers and creatives. In 2014 A Monkey With Cymbals received funding from the Arts Council of England for 'Memory of the Other', a devised play exploring memory and relationships. After A Monkey With Cymbals successfully produced 'The Masks of Aphra Behn' in 2016/2017, we collaborated with And Tomorrow Theatre Company and Alex Pearson Productions for the sequel, 'Oranges & Ink' with a run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London's West End in 2019.

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