Women centre stage for Arrows & Traps Rep season at the Jack Studio Theatre

Eleven-time Off West End Award Nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre returns to Brockley’s Jack Studio Theatre, in South London, after a sold-out run of Dracula, with a five-week season of two new historical plays about remarkable women.

Gentleman Jack and Shooting With Light, both written and directed by the company’s artistic director and founder, Ross McGregor, will be performed in repertory by a single cast.

Gentleman Jack is set in Yorkshire, 1810. Anne Lister, a landowner and secret diarist, is a gentlewoman that defies convention.

As Britain’s first modern lesbian, in a time when it is difficult just being female, Anne embarks on her life’s mission, to fall in love and find someone to share her world with.

But her pursuit of happiness is threatened by a scandalised society, and Anne must fight to live the way she wants to.

Based on true events, Gentleman Jack is a passionate and dramatic tale of love and survival in the face of prejudice.

Shooting With Light tells the story of Gerta Pohorylle, a young German refugee and Endre Friedmann, a young Hungarian in exile.

Set in Paris, 1935, both are artists, Jews and nonconformists. Drawn to each other by a shared fervour for photography, they create a persona in order to better sell their work – and so the legendary Robert Capa is born.

But alongside their love of art, abides a fierce dedication to justice. Putting everything at risk, they travel to Spain to document the brutal turmoil of the Civil War.

Here, in the middle of the peril and chaos, a romance for the ages is born.

The cast has been named as Cornelia Baumann, Toby Wynne-Davies, Tom Hartill, Lucy Ioannau, Alex Stevens, Hannah Victory, Beatrice Vincent, and, making her debut, Laurel Marks.

Gentleman Jack runs from January 15 to February 16 and Shooting With Light, January 19 to February 16. For performance schedules click HERE.

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