Concealed Fancies, The (1645)

Synopsis
A recording of what was probably the world premiere production of ‘The Concealed Fancies’ (1645), a comedy written by two aristocratic noblewomen, the sisters Lady Cavendish and Elizabeth Brackley, during the English Civil War. The main plot traces the heroines’ designs to mould their suitors according to their own desires, and reject an unwelcome rival, with comic results. It also dramatises their grief at the absence of their exiled father and brothers, concluding with his spectacular restoration. The sub-plot shows the mischievous activities of three female cousins, imprisoned in their castle by the Parliamentarian forces. The production includes songs and tunes specified in the text. This recording is of a live performance by student actors, for a coterie audience of conference delegates (akin to the coterie audience of an original production in the authors’ home). It is designed primarily for scholars and students of Renaissance drama. A critical introduction by Alison Findlay discusses the play and familiarises viewers with the characters.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
1994
Year of production
1994
Notes
A 1-2 minute extract is available for viewing at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/english/courses/357/videofancy.html
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; English civil war; Renaissance drama; women dramatists

Distribution Formats

Type
VHS
Format
PAL NTSC SECAM
Price
£25.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
100 minutes
Year
2003

Production Company

Name

Lancaster University Television

Distributor

Name

Lancaster University, Department of English

Email
a.g.findlay@lancaster.ac.uk shodgsonwright@chelt.ac.uk
Web
http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/english/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01524 382367
Fax
01524 594247
Address
Attn. Dr Alison Findlay
Reader in Renaissance Drama
Department of English
Lancaster University
LA1 4YT

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