Kate Hennig continues her Queenmaker series by cleverly exploring victim shaming, sexual consent, and the extraordinary ability of girls becoming women as she reimagines a scandalous and little-known story of Elizabeth the First before she was Queen.
Fifteen-year-old Bess has no idea when she heads to London to see her uncle Ted that she is about to find herself at the heart of a scandal involving sexual impropriety; her stepfather, Thom; and an attempted overthrow of the government. What does all this have to do with her? How adroitly can Bess manoeuvre through a series of interviews to avoid being swept up in the peril that might ensue? And will she be able to spin the facts to create a myth based on her own innocence?
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press, 2017
Materials: Script available upon request
Selected Production History : Stratford Festival (Stratford, ON); Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa, ON); Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary, AB); Cygnet Theatre (San Diego, CA )