'Tis Pity She's a Whore

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'Tis Pity She's a Whore
'Tis Pity She's A Whore Poster
Venue Chandler
Rehearsal Period 24th November 2015 - 15th January 2015
Tech Week 18th January 2015 - 22nd January 2015
Performance Dates 22nd January 2015 - 28th January 2015


'Tis Pity She's a Whore was performed by second year BA Acting students in the Chandler Studio Theatre in January 2016.

The play follows the complex story of incest between Annabella and her brother/lover Giovanni. This tragedy was written by John Ford around 1630 and has been viewed as one of the most controversial works in English Literature. A full synopsis can be found here.

Creative Team

Director Gareth Nicholls

Designer Kirstin Rodger

Lighting Designer Ryan Greenfield

Sound Designer Fiona Dalgleish

Production Team

Tis Pity Crew.jpeg

Stage Manager Miranda Stewart

Deputy Stage Manager Chariya Glasse-Davies

Assistant Stage Managers Kieran Kenning, Ross McCrone, Ryan Davy

TSM Ben Leach and Matthew Turnbull

Head Electrician Stuart Leech

Lighting Programmer Babette Wickham-Riddick

Stage Electrician Benjamin Goodman

Stage Management

Blood effects

"'Tis Pity She's A Whore" is a relatively gruesome play that involves various death scenes, from stabbings to eye gouging to simple fight scenes. As the chandler is small studio space and the seating was arranged in Traverse, we needed to create realistic blood effects. the blood we used was acquired from "Hands on" and we used the Blood Bags Techinique for the stabbings.


Throughout the run of the performance, stage management had to make up 'Hedgehogs' which are baked potatoes with cocktail sticks sticking out of them with party snacks on the other end of them. The director chose cheese to be on the end of them. All the ingredients/utilities can be sourced from Tesco or any other supermarket. They were fairly easy to create and the process is as follows:

X1 baked potato (aprox 80p), x1 roll of tinfoil (aprox £1.50), x1 box of cocktail sticks (aprox 60p), x1 large block of cheese (aprox 1.50)

Begin my wrapping the baked potato in the tinfoil ensuring its tightly covered. Stick cocktail sticks into the potato to make it look like a hedgehogs spikes. Now cut the cheese into small cubes and place them on the other end of the cocktail sticks.

We changed the cheese after every two performances as the smell became slightly overwhelming...


Electrics Department


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Final Electrics Plan