In this companion piece to The Last Wife, Kate Hennig continues her Tudor Queens Trilogy by cleverly exploring victim shaming, sexual consent, and the extraordinary ability of girls becoming women as she reimagines the 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
“An impressive switch from being one of Canada’s most notable actors to being one of our most noteworthy playwrights”
-The Globe and Mail
“A bold combination of historical research and creative moxie”
-The Toronto Star
“Powerful, taut, moving and often-witty visualization of the young Princess Elizabeth”
-Stratford Beacon Herald