The Untold Legend Of Imogen Flight

Written by:

Mary Littlejohn

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

D/deaf, Disabled, and/or Mad

Cast Size:
11

Roles For:

  • Men: 1
  • Women: 10

Genre:

Comedy
Drama
Historical

Themes:

Celebrity
Community
Feminism
Found Family
Friendship

Length:

135 min.

Year Written:

2020

Synopsis:

It’s the summer of 1850, in London, England, and Imogen Flight is set to be knighted by Good Queen Vic. The patrons of the ladies-only Saucy Chicken pub share stories and tall-tales of their heroine. When Imogen herself shows up, along with her trusty sidekick Volta, she comes with more stories of her own — and someone on her trail. What follows is a feminist comedy for the ages, paying homage to the multitudes of incredible women who have been lost to history.

Characters:

IMOGEN FLIGHT. An infamous female swordfighter. 30s.
GIUSEPPINA VOLTA. A noblewoman, Imogen’s companion. 20s – 30s.
ISLA. Landlady of The Saucy Chicken. Gregarious and maternal. 40s – 50s.
NANCY. A wife and mother. Sharp and diplomatic. 30s – 40s.
LUCY. A bawdy, good-humoured woman. 20s – 30s.
BARB. A merry bard. 40s – 50s. Must be able to play the guitar or similar stringed instrument.
MARIGOLD. A curious young woman. 20s.
JANE. A simpleminded young woman. 20s.
SAIFI. A Romani woman. Reserved and stoic. 40s – 50s.
UMBRIEL. A woman bent on revenge. 30s.
RHYS. Jane’s husband. Voice only. May be played by any gender provided they can convincingly play a man. Does not even have to be performed live, as the character never appears on stage (voice can be pre-recorded)

First Produced:

February 27 - March 7, 2020 at CBC Studio 700, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Presented by Fabulist Theatre.

Resources:

The play can be accessed through the Canadian Play Outlet https://www.canadianplayoutlet.com/products/the-untold-legend-of-imogen-flight-by-mary-littlejohn

Notes:

PLEASE NOTE: The 10 main roles (all except RHYS) should be played by women and/or femme-presenting non-binary/trans performers who are comfortable playing the roles of women. All roles may be played by actors of any ethnicity. It is strongly encouraged that the role of SAIFI be played by a person of colour. All additional characters are to be played by the actors playing ISLA, NANCY, MARIGOLD, JANE, SAIFI, LUCY, BARB, and UMBRIEL. Doubling information/suggestions are included in the appendix. Physical limitations and comfort level of performers should be accommodated when assigning doubled roles. Inclusivity in all aspects is encouraged when casting.

Warnings:

Play contains casual British swearing (bloody, etc.), sexual innuendo, kidnapping, sword-fighting and stage combat (including killing/death), racial slurs (g*psy), racism, misogyny, gendered violence, racialized violence, references to domestic abuse, verbal abuse/coercion, pregnancy, labour pains, breastfeeding.