Oran Mor

A Play, a Pie and a Pint

“What’s not to enjoy?”
THE HERALD

Calais

In years to come we’ll look back and it’ll be like it happened to someone else… someone we didn’t even know and it’ll be hard to feel sorry for….

Horatio Nelson is dead but the women in his life live on.

April De Angelis’ play explores the way in which Britain constructs an idea of itself through a war hero but questions how society really treats those involved in war?

Starring Joanna Bacon, Louise Ford and James French.

Latest comments

  1. T Deveney said;

    28 September 2010, 9:48 am

    Of a lunchtime I went to a play,
    That was simply entitled, ‘Calais’.
    Twas about an old lady
    Who was not in her heyday
    And yet she could still shout Allez!

    Her husband had died out at sea,
    A lonely, single mother was she.
    She had gone to the dogs
    when he popped his clogs
    Stuck in France without a bonne nuit.

    Penniless, she still managed to drink,
    But really had reached the brink.
    She took to her bed,
    Then woke up dead
    And her daughter was back in the pink.

  2. David & Yvonne said;

    28 September 2010, 9:48 am

    Incroyable says nous!
    Magnifique, cette jolie bon play partly performed en Franglais.
    Plot follows les jours derniere de poverty struck exiled Emma, Lady Hamilton, , ironically in France, avec daughter Horatia. Her shockingly liberated life, even today, eventually to become Lord Nelson’s mistress.
    (Could a modern day Nelson survive the scandal of such a risqué woman as Emma)
    Amazing history at Oran Mor. Wonderful demonstration of Lady Hamilton’s true ‘shawl’ act.
    Pity Horatia didn’t kiss excellently played Frenchman and turn into the fille-en-law of le maire…if not a Princess.
    Alors, quell dommage, mais c’est la vie.
    Encore April De Angelis

  3. Jean Reid said;

    28 September 2010, 9:51 am

    Nelson is dead, and his mistress and daughter have fled to the Channel port where they survive by pawning the last of their finery to keep the landlord at bay and food on the table. But Emma in rich in attitudes – the dramatic poses of classical characters with which she charmed the Hamilton circle – and hopes to impress a French soiree.
    April de Angelis has created a starring part for Joanna Bacon who, buoyed up by red wine and memories, is ludicrous and pitiable by turns. The anachronistic exchanges with the naive Louise Ford are entertaining but also touching.

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