April De Angelis

Plays by April De Angelis

After Electra

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

It's Virgie's eighty-fourth birthday and she is bucking convention. But, always more committed as an artist than a mother, Virgie has not reckoned on her family and friends' determination to thwart her plans.

A black comedy that reimagines the meaning of family, April De Angelis's After Electra premiered at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, in April 2015 before transferring to the Tricycle Theatre, London.

Amongst Friends

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Journalist Lara and her ex-MP and crime-writer husband Richard are happy and successful. Having moved to a fashionable gated community they invite their old neighbours Caitlin and Joe to dinner. When the security system fails, the food is delivered by a stranger and the dinner party takes quite a different turn.

April De Angelis's darkly comic social satire Amongst Friends premiered at the Hampstead Theatre, London, in May 2009.

Hush

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Hush was premièred at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in August 1992.

Ironmistress

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Ironmistress was first performed at the Young Vic Theatre Studio, London, in January 1989.

Jumpy

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Hilary once protested at Greenham. Now her protests tend to focus on persuading her teenage daughter to go out fully clothed.

A frank and funny family drama questioning parental anxieties and life after fifty, Jumpy premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in October 2011.

A Laughing Matter

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

It's 1773 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The crowd is getting restless. The leading man's unconscious but the show must go on.

This irreverent version of real-life events tells the story of David Garrick, Dr Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith and a new play called She Stoops to Conquer. Caught between financial pressures and artistic ambition, Garrick must decide if he can risk staging a play that could make or break his career.

A Laughing Matter was produced by Out of Joint and the National Theatre, London. Following its premiere at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, in October 2002, it transferred to the National in November and returned in February 2003.

Playhouse Creatures

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Playhouse Creatures was first performed at the Old Vic Theatre, London, in September 1997.

The Positive Hour

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

April de Angelis’s earlier plays, Ironmistress, Crux and Hush marked the arrival of a bold new talent in the theatre. With The Positive Hour, she more than fulfilled that promise. Miranda is a social worker, with no shortage of problems herself. Her best friend, Emma, is a failed artist in the throes of a mid-life crisis; her lover, Roger, is a frustrated academic, desperately trying to finish his book on Hegel. Personal problems are exacerbated by work and especially, Miranda’s relationship with Paula, an unemployed single mother from Lewisham, forced into prostitution to survive. Hilariously funny and quietly disturbing, The Positive Hour brings issues of gender and sexuality into a thoroughly new perspective.

A Warwickshire Testimony

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

The past: the ‘big house’, the servant class, the close-knit family ties of a bygone generation. Rural idyll or claustrophobic hellhole? Desperate to get away from her family and from a culture where everybody knows everything about everybody, Edie moves out but can she ever manage to move on? The present: big business and incomers, no shops and no locals, where nothing stays the same for five minutes and where the ‘quaintness’ of the cottages is all that's left of village life. For better or for worse?

April de Angelis’s funny and compassionate new play powerfully illustrates a rapidly changing way of life by focusing on the loves, traumas and disputes of one Midlands family throughout the twentieth century.

Wild East

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Frank's got the interview; it's his big break. He just has to convince two formidable women from the corporation and he'll have his chance to get back to Russia. But somehow, history is working against them all.

Wild East premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in February 2005.

April De Angelis's plays include Jumpy (Royal Court and West End), Wild East (Royal Court), A Laughing Matter (Out of Joint/NT/tour), The Warwickshire Testimony (RSC), The Positive Hour (Out of Joint/Hampstead/Old Vic; Sphinx), Headstrong (NT Shell Connections), Playhouse Creatures (Sphinx Theatre Company), Hush (Royal Court), Soft Vengeance (Graeae Theatre Company), Amongst Friends (Hampstead), The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (adapted from the James Cleland novel), Ironmistress (ReSisters Theatre Company) and Wuthering Heights (adapted from Emily Brontë's novel for Birmingham Rep). Her work for BBC Radio includes Visitants, The Outlander, which won the Writers' Guild Award 1992, and Cash Cows for the Woman's Hour serial. For opera: Flight with composer Jonathan Dove (Glyndebourne), and the libretto for Silent Twins (Almeida).