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New collaboration about loss and inheritance in Northampton

Published: 20 April 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Northampton’s Royal and Derngate is to co-produce The Last of the Pelican Daughters, its latest collaboration with The Wardrobe Ensemble, which is being developed in partnership with Complicité.

James Dacre, artistic director of Royal and Derngate, commented, “two years ago this brilliant young company The Wardrobe Ensemble made its main stage debut at Royal and Derngate with a production developed over many months with our partner schools in Northamptonshire.

“We’re delighted to announce that the company is joining us as one of our four resident ensemble companies to develop The Last of the Pelican Daughters and work across the organisation in supporting our communities.

“We very much look forward to partnering with Complicité—one of the world’s great ensembles—on producing this promising new show.”

The previous collaboration between the organisations, Education, Education, Education, will play in the West End, at Trafalgar Studios, from 31 May until 29 June.

In The Last of the Pelican Daughters, four sisters are trying to divide their mother’s house between them. The Wardrobe Ensemble uses its “trademark irreverent humour and lovable characters” to tackle the idea of what it means for young people to grapple with inheritance, loss and justice in this comedy about four sisters trying to come to terms with their mother’s death. It will be directed by The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Jesse Jones and Tom Brennan.

Preview performances can be seen on the Royal stage on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July.