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Age of Arousal is at the Eastgate Theatre on Tuesday
Age of Arousal is at the Eastgate Theatre on Tuesday

A PLAY by one of Canada’s most famous playwrights reaches the Eastgate Theatre as part of a Scottish tour this Tuesday.

The Age of Arousal, written by Linda Griffiths, tells the story of former militant Mary Barfoot and her lover Rhoda who are determined to make women rich.

They enlist some female students to master the new invention that will gain them freedom – the typewriter.

Three spinster sisters are then invited into the school to rescue them from poverty, setting in motion an odyssey of alcoholism, cross-dressing and sexual revolution.

But the arrival of former doctor Everard Barfoot, Mary’s cousin, leads to discoveries, contradictions and epiphanies.

The play, run in partnership by Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and Stellar Quines Production, is inspired by a Victorian novel, The Odd Women, and is directed by Muriel Romanes.

She said: “In November 2007 I was invited to attend a production of Age of Arousal in Toronto.

“I was thrilled by this play and especially as it is now a century since the suffragette movement came into being.

“The play is about women who challenge convention and women who dare to say the unsayable and is in the spirit of the work we do at Stellar Quines.

“A very successful public reading of the play was performed as part of our Rehearsal Room project in 2008 at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, and was directed by the writer Linda Griffiths.”

The cast includes Hannah Donaldson, Molly Innes, Clare Lawrence-Moody, Jamie Lee, Alexandra Mathie and Ann Louise Ross.

There will be a pre-show discussion with Muriel Romanes in the Eastgate studio at 7pm, with the show starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £14 (£12), and the show is suitable for over-16s. Phone 01721 725777 for more details.