The Woman Who Amuses Herself
by Victor Lodato
produced by The Jack Studio Theatre
Paris, 1911. A worker at the Louvre walks out of the museum with its most famous paintings hidden under his coat.
The Mona Lisa has always captivated the world. But for Vincenzo Peruggia the painting holds a special power, one that compels him to steal it and return it to Italy.
Based on an incredible true story, The Woman Who Amuses Herself reveals one of the greatest heists in history. It takes us on a roller coaster ride beyond the famous smile in this funny and moving UK premiere.
The Woman Who Amuses Herself is produced by the same team behind the Offie-nominated five-star productions of Kes, Lifeboat, Kindred Spirits and The Invisible Man. Ten performances only.
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NOMINATED FOR A STANDING OVATION AWARD from London Pub Theatres
NOMINATED FOR SIX OFF WEST END AWARDS: LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY Tice Oakfield, SET DESIGN Karl Swinyard, SOUND DESIGN Julian Starr, COSTUME DESIGN Martin J Robinson, LIGHTING DESIGN Douglas Baker, LIGHTING DESIGN Carey Chomsoonthorn
PRESS FOR THIS PRODUCTION
Oakfield is incredibly talented… he creates different worlds, times, characters and places. He talks to us so that by the end, we feel like we know him. He becomes our friend in an incredibly short space of time, making us think about every word he says. With the transcendental nature of his portrayal of Peruggia, Oakfield’s performance stays with us after the show, almost like a ghost not quite put to rest.
a beautifully written and performed piece, bringing voice to very complicated and specific feelings, about art, nationality and self. Who knows why the Mona Lisa is smiling the way she is, but this production gives us the space we need to ponder this question for ourselves, whilst reflecting on what has influenced and shaped our own lives. This is the gift that The Woman Who Amuses Herself and Vincenzo Perruggia have given us. This is the legacy of La Gioconda. ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
will have you smiling rather more broadly than the Mona Lisa herself ★★★★ Broadway World
What makes the show truly sparkle is the outstanding performance of Tice Oakfield… Under Bannister’s hand, Oakfield captures the ambiguity of Peruggia’s intentions and his relationship with the captivating image of the Mona Lisa. Turning on a pin, Oakfield transforms from Italian artisan to grandiose art critic, a schoolchild and Dadaist artist Marcel Duchamp… On top of that, Oakfield can sing and does a turn dancing… whilst the backdrop remains Karl Swinyard’s evocative attic set, so bohémienne in feel… It is a cleverly well-executed, shabby frame to a highly polished performance. With temperatures expected to top 40o, it is tempting to stay indoors and hide but a much better option would be to grab a cold beer at the bar and watch this cool production at The Jack. British Theatre Guide
it’s a great story…Over the years we’ve come to expect good things from the in-house creative team at the Jack, and this latest offering is no exception. Peruggia’s humble origins are reflected in Karl Swinyard’s intimate attic apartment set, while video projections from Douglas Baker and sound design from Julian Starr enhance the narrative without distracting from Oakfield’s enthralling central performance Theatre Things
A fascinating and engaging performance by Oakfield…Karl Swinyard’s set design emphasises the mystery… A perfect setting ★★★★ Outthere1971
This is undoubtedly an amazing story and one that Victor Lodato sensitively and delightfully brought to life… With clever direction from Kate Bannister, Oakfield morphs into a myriad of characters… This is a fine piece of writing with a magnetic central performance from Tice Oakfield… at its heart, a story to inspire us all to enjoy and connect with art and artists. London Pub Theatres
PRESS FOR PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS
It’s a beautiful piece of theatre. Subtle, engaging and deeply touching…This is the Jack team doing what they do best and once again producing a diamond. This is a real treat. Heartfelt and elegant, it is yet further proof that the Brockley Jack is one of the best theatres in London. ★★★★★ Spy in the Stalls on Kes
this production was absolutely spot on from start to finish… at the end of seventy minutes my first thought was that I had seen a great show. ★★★★★ London Theatre1 on Kes
a moving tale of friendship and endurance that is both inspiring and stirring. One more impeccable in-house production for the close-knit team of the Jack Studio Theatre. ★★★★★ Everything Theatre on Lifeboat
under the direction of the consistently brilliant Kate Bannister, it makes for an enthralling 70 minutes. The Brockley Jack has a well-deserved reputation for its excellent in-house productions. Lifeboat is no exception… undoubtedly another triumph for the Brockley Jack team. Go and see it while you can. Theatre Things
you won’t be disappointed with this hugely impressive comedy production… you’ll be hooked from the start. Superbly entertaining festive tale, overflowing with quality acting. Southwark News on Kindred Spirits
Equally humorous and mysterious… this delightful production is nothing short of a tour de force ★★★★★ London Theatre1 on Wolves of Willougby Chase
The Woman Who Amuses Herself by Victor Lodato
Directed by Kate Bannister
Produced by The Jack Studio Theatre
Set Design: Karl Swinyard
Costume Design: Martin J Robinson
Sound Design: Julian Starr
Lighting Design: Carey Chomsoonthorn
Video Design: Douglas Baker
Song Composition: Joseph Hardy
Stage manager: Meghan Bartual Smyth
Voice cast: Grace Cookey-Gam, David Bromley
Director, Kate Bannister is well served by a virtuoso performance by Tice Oakfield… There’s a touch of Alan Bennett in the writing and subject matter, the depth of the issues masked by the lightness of tone… aided by strong video design by Douglas Baker and Julian Starr’s sound. It’s the kind of play that raises laughs and smiles as you’re watching it, but sticks a little in your mind, nagging away with much bigger questions. In other words, rather like the enigmatic Lady herself, there’s rather more to it than meets the eye… will have you smiling rather more broadly than the Mona Lisa herself ★★★★ Broadway World
Oakfield possesses incredible versatility… fascinating ★★★★ London Theatre 1