Madwomen in the Attic by Aoife Kennan

Madwomen in the Attic by Aoife Kennan

Following previews earlier this year we’re introducing Aoife’s dark, Brontë-inspired, dark comedy to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of our double-bill of new plays. 

Madwomen in the Attic by Aoife Kennan, Directed by Gabbie Bird

Dates: 3rd-16th August       Venue: Studio 5, C Nova, India Buildings, Edinburgh        Time:4pm

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“Aoife Kennan’s The Madwomen in The Attic is at once hilarious, sad, disturbing, explosive and a provocatively gritty exploration of one of the most destructive images in literature… This combination of old and new serves to create nothing short of a masterpiece.” 4.5 STARS (The Tab Cambridge)

The Play…

Haworth parish hall welcomes you to their weekly ‘Womens Aid’ meetings, held every Wednesday, six ‘til seven.

Featuring: Jane, the woefully under-qualified group leader; Tony, who finds sexual gratification in Channel 4 documentaries; Grace, her warden, who sings karaoke every Friday night; Isabel, whose growing baby bump is struggling to fit behind the Tesco till and Helen, who lives in the hall on the hill and always arrives with paint on her fingers.

In this brilliant new play, see classic female Brontë figures strip off their corsets, break down the attic door and elbow their way in to the twenty-first century.

A dark comedy.

Byronic heroes not invited.

“The Madwomen in the Attic is a play which subverts expectations, offers humour but also creates complex and believable characters…. Aoife Kennan’s script fizzes with witty references to the works of the Brontë sisters and deftly pokes and prods at the tropes of Victorian literature, while also telling a very human story of women trying to deal with their pasts. 4 STARS” (Cambridge Theatre Review)

“I’m just the crazy, unreliable narrator of my own story.”

Katura Morrish as Tony, ADC Theatre Cambridge, Credit: Daniel Karaj.

Taking inspiration from a selection of Brontë characters and placing them in the 21st Century, Madwomen in the Attic uses dark comedy to explore how women deal with domestic abuse today.

“I was taken surprise by how witty the writing was, and left with an ache in my chest from the touching performances of each of the survivors …Flawless. When a play about domestic abuse can have characters spontaneously breaking into song without feeling trite, you know it is a masterful example of theatre.” 5 STARS (Varsity Newspaper)

Watch this space…