Post-Show Conversations: Scandaltown

A TORCH Post-show Conversation podcast about the Lyric Hammersmith production of Scandaltown.

This conversation was recorded between Caroline Taylor and Ruth Moore on 25 April 2022 on location in London. It explores Caroline's responses to the play, including whether it lives up to its branding as a 'restoration comedy for the 21st century'.

TORCH Post-show Conversations is a series of informal, 'on location' conversations between Oxford researchers in response to a current theatre production. Designed to capture 'on the night' responses to performance, the Conversations give listeners a chance to eavesdrop on the intersections between research and theatre practice, and give researchers the opportunity to respond in real time to the best of theatre. Variation in sound quality comes from recording in public spaces or in transit. A full transcript will be available in due course, in the meantime please contact TORCH if you have any questions about this conversation. 

About the play:

From the Lyric Hammersmith website:

Mike Bartlett’s hilarious and irreverent new comedy uncovers a decadent world of sex, hypocrisy, parties and power.

It’s the event of the season and the fame–hungry have come to play, but not all is what it seems when a web of lies and mishaps risk exposing the reputation of London’s elite.

Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan directs this Restoration comedy for the 21st Century, celebrating a spectacular return to the theatre with a 12-strong ensemble, an exquisite score and the finest couture. A party that will no doubt have all of London talking.

Welcome to #Scandaltown.

About the contributors:

Caroline Taylor is a PhD student at Oxford University (St Hugh's College). Her work investigates the interrelation between female sexuality and plague discourses on the English stage from 1590 to1700. She examines not only how this association came into existence, but how the relationship between plague and female sexuality acts as an intellectual throughline from Shakespeare to the death of Elizabeth Barry.

Introduction & production by Ruth Moore