The Virgin Trial

Written by:

Kate Hennig

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

England
Feminism
History
Politics
Sex

Length:

140 min.

Year Written:

2017

Synopsis:

In The Virgin Trial, 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?

Part 2 of the Queenmaker Trilogy.

Characters:

BESS: a princess; thirteen to fifteen years old; intelligent, precocious, entitled, unedited, sexual; fire

MARY: a princes; thirty to thirty-two years old; private, cutting, wounded, capable, loyal; water

ELEANOR: a lady of the court; fiftyish; contained, obsessive, incisive, independent, vengeful; earth

ASHLEY: a lady of the court, governess to Bess; forty-ish; guileless, reliable, effortless, unrefined, maternal; water

THOM: Lord High Admiral, husband to Katherine Parr; thirty-nine to forty-one years old; athletic, reckless, impulsive, ineffectual, loving; air

TED: Lord Protector to Edward VI, brother to Thom; fifty-ish; paternal, jovial, authoritative, patient, devoted; earth

PARRY: a lord of the court; secretary to Bess; thirty-fiveish; buoyant, cheerful, sensitive, abrupt, nervous; air

First Produced:

Studio Theatre at Stratford Festival, Stratford, ON, 2017.

Resources:

The Virgin Trial is available through the Canadian Play Outlet. Also available through Playwrights Canada Press.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

This is a contemporary play. This is a domestic play. No historical costuming or accents are required. Diversity in casting is strongly encouraged.