The Rover – The Actors’ Workshop Studio Group

From Tuesday 17 April to Saturday 21 April, 7:30pm-9:30pm, the Actors’ Workshop Youth Theatre Company presents their production of The Rover, a play by Aphra Behn, one of the first female dramatists, which was first performed in March 1677.

By Peter Lely – Yale Centre for British Art

Aphra Behn was a British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer from the Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, she broke cultural barriers and served as a literary role model for later generations of women authors. Rising from obscurity, she came to the notice of Charles II, who employed her as a spy in Antwerp. Upon her return to London and a probable brief stay in debtors’ prison, she began writing for the stage.

She is famously remembered in Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own: “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn which is, most scandalously but rather appropriately, in Westminster Abbey, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.”

Her grave is not included in the Poets’ Corner but lies in the East Cloister near the steps to the church.

Tickets for the performance are available from The Box Office on 01422 323688 priced at £8 (£5 concessions).

For more information, visit: The Actors’ Workshop .

Founded in 1985 by Mike and Lottie Ward, The Actor’s Workshop has been sharing its philosophy with young people from Calderdale for nearly 30 years. It was set up in response to the needs of eight lads from the then Local Heath Grammar School for somewhere to continue their interest in the Performing Arts, following the closure of their school. It became a registered charity in 1988, as an independent entity.

During its lifetime approximately nine hundred local teenagers have passed through the Workshop and at least ten times as many citizens of Halifax have been affected by its activities.

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