The Queen has met with every prime minister each week that she has been in London since coming to the throne in 1952. Those meetings are not minuted and there are no other persons present, so no one really knows what was said.
In Moira Buffini’s Handbagged, an imagined account of those weekly meetings, she concocts a delicious, bitter-sweet confection of what might well have transpired on those tricky Tuesday afternoons – complemented by a dazzling cast of national and international politicians and personalities.
Now Buffini’s multi award-winning play is being revived in a revival by the newly formed First Knight Theatre which will be staged at the Brockley’s Jack Studio Theatre next month.
Handbagged began life as a short play as part of Tricycle Theatre’s Women, Power and Politics season in 2009.
In collaboration with Tricycle Buffini wrote the full length version that premiered at the theatre 2013 and, subsequently, transferred to the West End before embarking on a National Tour.
First Knight Theatre is a new production company created by Dan and Pauline Armour. The Armours’ previous productions at the Jack Studio include A Doll’s House, Clybourne Park and The Pitmen Painters.
The brilliantly observed comedy will be directed by Dan Armour and star Sue Higginson, Pauline Armour, Sara Tortell, Fiona McGahren, Howie Ripley and Mark Steere.
Moira Buffini is a playwright and actor whose credits include Love Play, Dinner, Welcome to Thebes Dying for It (adapted from Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide).
Handbagged runs at the Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley, South London, from February 28-March 11.