Written and performed by Lucy Roslyn
Directed by Josh Roche
"I'm sick to death of this particular self. I want another."
Lucy Roslyn's play is the story of a person looking for escape - just as Virginia Woolf imagined her own freedom in the pages of "Orlando," a book which strains at the boundaries of identity: are we any one thing? Or are our selves “stacked like dinner plates,” one on top of the other?
A new play that defies labels, directed by JMK Award winner Josh Roche and inspired by Virginia Woolf's legendary novel.
Orlando was developed with Jamie Firth for BoonDog Theatre.
Jessie Anand Productions makes theatre and opera that is fresh, playful and formally inventive. Our work often relies on a dialogue between past and present. New work is our primary focus; since the company was founded in 2018, we have premiered four new plays in addition to Orlando: Lucy Roslyn's most recent play, Pennyroyal (Finborough Theatre); the OffWestEnd Award winning Yellowfin by Marek Horn (Southwark Playhouse); MAGDALENE by Mary Galloway (Arcola Theatre); and the site-specific piece Blue Thunder, which played a sold-out run at VAULT Festival in 2019 and has since been adapted for BBC Radio 4.
Jessie Anand Productions is supported by Stage One.
BoonDog Theatre is an award-winning collaborative company. We are passionate about creating intimate, often darkly comic theatre that resonates with the audience. We aim to tell compelling stories that will start a conversation, and our hope is that conversation will last beyond the theatre bar.
Our debut show, the psychological thriller The State vs. John Hayes, became a critically acclaimed success in 2013 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and went on to sell out its UK tour. This was swiftly followed by the first of our circus-themed plays, Goody, about a circus chimpanzee (which won the LET Greenwich Partnership Award), and Showmanship, about psychic charlatans (Theatre503 Best of the Fest). Then came the Virginia Woolf-inspired Orlando, in proud association with Jessie Anand Productions.
BoonDog was founded by Creative Director and playwright Lucy Roslyn and Productions Director Jamie Firth.
Read more at: www.boondogtheatre.com
"[Roslyn] is fully emotionally alive onstage and watching her experience the peaks and valleys of the show is intoxicating."
"See this play and you will leave changed, renewed and with faith that you can become whoever you want to be." – All About Solo, Critics' Choice
"A masterful display of wit, word play and compelling physical presence"
"This heartfelt performance is perfect for lovers of queer English literature, for lovers of live performance, and also for any queer person who would welcome the opportunity for catharsis in real time, which is what the theater does so well." – Queer Forty
"Intriguing [and] engaging"
"The play moves swiftly, with Roslyn calibrating tempo and dynamics, like a virtuoso with a sonata, according to the mood and emotion of each scene." – OffOffOnline
★★★★★"a self-penned acting masterclass" – LondonTheatre1
★★★★ "Roslyn is a completely captivating and magnetic performer. There is... no chance to take your eyes off her – but you wouldn’t want to even if you could." – Fest Magazine
★★★★ "Orlando is a deeply moving tale that tackles love and gender politics and mixes them with a passion for literature and the classics, confirming Roslyn a gorgeous storyteller." – Broadway World