In 1769, at the age of 41, Monsieur Chevalier D'Eon de Beaumont stepped out of the limelight as a French diplomat to England, Russian spy, Prussian war hero and international bon viveur only to step back in as the woman she truly was.
Proudly wearing the Chevalier d'Honneur medal on her flowing robes she outraged and antagonised the whole of the French aristocracy, spending astronomical amounts of English Guineas and running up huge diplomatic debts fighting for her very existence and acceptance in an unforgiving society.
This bizarre, true story is bold, challenging, provocative and painfully funny: reaching deep into our perceptions of normality, acceptability and promiscuity, setting an historical thumbprint on the way we live our lives in an "enlightened" twenty-first century.
A Straight Acting Theatre Company Production, written by Edinburgh Fringe First Winner, Renny Krupinski.
Renny Krupinski: Writer / Director
Renny is a dynamic director at home with both the classics and contemporary work. Renny won a Best Director award for his play Bare at the Edinburgh Festival 2010. In 2014 he directed The Alphabet Girl at The King’s Arms Salford, The Edinburgh Festival 2015 and then at Oldham Coliseum Theatre Katie Crowder and The Alphabet Girl. Renny has also directed work at the Library Theatre Manchester and Croydon Warehouse. He is an award winning Actor, best known as the cult villain Sizzler in Brookside and the voice/face of Oblivion at Alton Towers. Renny works as an Equity Registered fight director and fight co-ordinator for some of the most prestigious companies in the mainstream entertainment industry: Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks as well as theatrically with the RSC, The National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sheffield Crucible and West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Kaitlin Howard: Chevalier D'Eon de Beaumont
Kaitlin Howard is an established professional actress, singer and combat performer with several notable credits on her CV. She is also a fully qualified Stage Combat Instructor teaching with the Equity ratified Stage Combat organisation The Academy of Performance Combat, one of only three female Equity Registered Fight Directors in the UK. Kaitlin won a Manchester Theatre Award for her performance in 2014 and a National Studio Award for Best Female actor for her role in The Alphabet Girl.
Adrian Palmer: Comte de Guerchy
Adrian has acted for – Dinosaurs in the Wild ; Mr Millerman Presents ; Badapple Theatre ; People Zoo Productions; Demi-Paradise Productions ; Comedy Dining; 24:7;TNT Theatre; The English Theatre, Hamburg; Hullabaloo Theatre; Mikron Theatre; Oddsocks Productions; The Royal Exchange; Hull Truck; Battersea Arts Centre; Thorndike Theatre; Rhubarb Theatre; Brentwood Theatre; Rainbow Theatre, Bitesize Theatre; Folksy Theatre. He has appeared in many independent films.
Lucas Smith: Morande
Lucas' previous theatre work includes: Doctor Faustus (Royal Exchange Theatre); Last Train to Tomorrow, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Hallé); Narvik (Liverpool Playhouse & UK Tour); A Restless Place (York Theatre Royal); The Bombmaker, Icarus (The Lowry), Measure for Measure, Icarus (Edinburgh Fringe); Beauty and the Beast, The Schoolmistress (Stephen Joseph Theatre). Television includes: Fresh Meat (Channel 4 / E4). Film includes: 27 Memory Lane (Lupton Films). Radio includes: Adventures of the Soul, Brief Lives, The Small House at Allington (BBC Radio 3 & 4).
Adam Elms: Duc de Choiseul
Adam's Theatre credits include: Abigail's Party (Schoolhouse Productions); Quantum Frolic Presents... (Old Red Lion); Love and Death (The Island, Bristol); The 39 Steps (Old Joint Stock, Birmingham); Richard II, The Winter's Tale (Courtyard, Hoxton/Marylebone Theatre/tour); Present Laughter (Minack Theatre/Harlow Playhouse); Haptic Skins of a Glass Eye (Tenderpixel); Julius Caesar (Bussey Building); Writing For Their Lives (tour); The Ugly One, Cleansed, Black Comedy (Edinburgh Festival); The Enemy (Jackson's Lane); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado about Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); Witness for the Prosecution, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, The Importance of Being Earnest, Sherlock Holmes & The Speckled Band (Theatre Mill); The Pillowman, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Woyzeck (Alma Tavern); Measure for Measure, Rhinoceros (Redgrave Theatre, Bristol); 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Minsk/UK tour); the rehearsed reading of Legacy at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Rich Mix (Blueprint Theatre) and two seasons on tour with Rainbow Theatre Company. Screen credits include: Real-Life Hitman (Realm Pictures); the short films Me and My Incubus, Counting Sheep, and Three Way Symphony; and the title role in the webseries Tales of Bacon (Plotting Films).
William J. Holstead: Thomas Plummer
Will trained at Manchester School of Theatre and East 15. In 2017 he was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award for his role as Josef K in People Zoo's production of The Trial. Will also starred in his debut full length piece as a playwright as one half of Swaggering Crow, which received full Arts Council funding and was a commercial, critical and community success. Will's film credits include Hugoin the upcoming feature film Why Hide, Chris in Step and Tom in Bedtime Story. Will was also nomimated for the BBC Carlton Hobbs Award for MST.
Louise McNulty: Mrs. Cole
Louise is an actor, director and writer. Her Manchester based work includes the Ladybird in James and The Giant Peach (Waterside Arts Centre), Hermione in The Winters Tale (The Brindley), Mary in Fallout (Anthony Burgess Foundation) and Professor Dax in the short film Milked. Louise also writes for her comedy creations Nora & Evon Wright.
Marc Geoffrey: Louis XV
Marc trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, TV includes: BAFTA-winning drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and more recently Three Girls (BBC), Doctors and Eastenders (BBC). For STF Theatre: All’s Well, Hamlet, Richard III, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra. Other past performances: Glengarry Glen Ross (Theatre Royal Bath), The Precariat (Finborough), LEAR, Romans in Britain (Sheffield Crucible).
Evelyn Roberts: Madame du Barry
Evelyn is an actress living and working in Manchester and managing director of Manchester Theatre Award winning People Zoo Productions. Acting credits include The Trial (People Zoo Productions), Cinderella and The BFG (Octagon Theatre Bolton) and The Funfair (HOME Mcr). Evelyn is incredibly excited to be working with this incredibly talented team.
Dean Anthony Fagan: Beaumarchais
Dean is a television actor born and raised in Manchester. He studied acting in Stockport College then onto the University of Salford. During this time he starred in ‘Worried about the boy’ and ‘Scott & Bailey’ for Red Productions and the BBC, then ITV’s ‘Homefront’ and Channel 4’s ‘Fresh Meat’.
In theatre he had the opportunity to perform at the Edinburgh fringe festival with Renny’s play ‘Bare’. This show went on to win a fringe first. Then appeared with the Library Theatre Company (Now 'Home') in an immersive play called ‘Manchester Sound: The Massacre’. Since December 2014, Dean has appeared as Luke Britton on Coronation Street.
Ethan Holmes: Louis XVI
Ethan has previously appeared at Hope Mill in A Kidnapping (Swaggering Crow). Recent theatre work includes The Value of Nothing (Northern Tour- Laid Bare Theatre) Cinderella (Chester Forum), OFFIE Nominated A Bright Room Called Day (Southwark Playhouse), One Hand Clapping (Bolton Octagon/The Cockpit), Tram (Shred Productions) and Richard III & Cymbeline (Cambridge Shakespeare Company). Film includes Surf (Creative England/BFI) and Skye (Genesis Flux). He has also appeared in Crimes That Shook Australia (Fox) and in a video for rock band 'Natives'.
Patrick Bridgman: Harpsichordist
Patrick attended Chetham's and the Junior School of the Royal Northern School of Music. He has worked with many theatre companies as actor and musician, including Bolton Octagon, Oldham Coliseum, Royal Exchange, Lancaster Dukes Playhouse and Keswick Theatre by the Lake. Various TV appearances include, most recently, Robert Preston's urologist in Coronation Street.